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mosstrooper

[maws-troo-per, mos-] /ˈmɔsˌtru pər, ˈmɒs-/
noun
1.
a marauder who operated in the mosses, or bogs, of the border between England and Scotland in the 17th century.
2.
any marauder.
Origin of mosstrooper
1645-1655
First recorded in 1645-55; moss + trooper
Related forms
mosstroopery, noun
mosstrooping, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mosstrooper
Historical Examples
  • Yes; and the mosstrooper now lies in the Donjon with iron on wrist and ankle.

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • “If I had known you were such a mosstrooper you should have tasted longer of the Bass,” says he.

    Catriona Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Ay; I had almost forgotten,” returned Sir James, as he went in search of the mosstrooper.

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • "If I had known you were such a mosstrooper you should have tasted longer of the Bass," says he.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for mosstrooper

mosstrooper

/ˈmɒsˌtruːpə/
noun
1.
a raider in the border country of England and Scotland in the mid-17th century
Word Origin
C17 moss, in northern English dialect sense: bog
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