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blackbirder

[ blak-bur-der ]

noun

  1. (formerly) a person or ship illegally engaged in the slave trade, especially in the Pacific.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of blackbirder1

First recorded in 1880–85; blackbird + -er 1

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Example Sentences

He recruited gangs of Chinese coolies with an efficiency which would have put an oldtime blackbirder to shame.

The authorities, they get worried because a Kanaka's spree lands him, like as not, in a blackbirder.

They say he used to be a pirate and blackbirder and that he can tell strange yarns if he will—but that's all talk.

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