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coureur de bois

[koo-rœr duh bwah] /ku rœr də ˈbwɑ/
noun, plural coureurs de bois
[koo-rœr duh bwah] /ku rœr də ˈbwɑ/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a French or French-Indian trapper of North America, especially of Canada.
Origin of coureur de bois
literally, runner, hunter of (the) woods
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  • "I would like service with him," said the other coureur de bois.

    Heroes of the Middle West Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Jacques Morand, the coureur de bois, was in love with Genevieve Parent, but she disliked him and wished only to serve the church.

  • La Salle was a coureur de bois, most of this time, for he operated in a field far larger than that for which he had a license.

    Stories of the Badger State Reuben Gold Thwaites
  • "It is the Sieur de la Salle in the scarlet mantle," one coureur de bois said to another.

    Heroes of the Middle West Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • The coureur de bois, who had reached the settlement later than his companion, grunted.

    Heroes of the Middle West Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • But the coureur de bois—that laughing, hairy faun—had perished with the Indian.

    Strange Stories of the Great River Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • Sieur Joliet took Anthony and the little slave and one coureur de bois and kept on down toward Quebec to report.

    Strange Stories of the Great River Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • It was a coureur de bois, not hurt in body, but so frightened that his state was pitiful.

    Strange Stories of the Great River Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • "We walked around in their funny church a little; that's all," faltered the coureur de bois.

    Strange Stories of the Great River Abbie Johnston Grosvenor
  • The man they killed was a Canadian, a coureur de bois; they will kill Barboux if they catch him, and also these two Ojibways.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for coureur de bois

coureur de bois

/French kurœr də bwa/
noun (pl) coureurs de bois (kurœr də bwa)
1.
(Canadian history) a French Canadian woodsman or Métis who traded with Indians for furs
Word Origin
Canadian French: trapper (literally: wood-runner)
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