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Meaning of BUCCANEER

Pronunciation:  `buku'neer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
  2. [v]  live like a buccaneer

BUCCANEER is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: pirate, sea robber, sea rover
 See Also: Barbary pirate, Bartholomew Roberts, Blackbeard, corsair, despoiler, Edward Teach, Edward Thatch, freebooter, Henry Morgan, Jean Laffite, Jean Lafitte, Laffite, Lafitte, live, looter, Morgan, pillager, plunderer, raider, Roberts, sea king, Sir Henry Morgan, spoiler, Teach, Thatch



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Buc`ca*neer"\, n. [F. boucanier, fr. boucaner to
    smoke or broil meat and fish, to hunt wild beasts for their
    skins, boucan a smoking place for meat or fish, gridiron for
    smoking: a word of American origin.]
    A robber upon the sea; a pirate; -- a term applied especially
    to the piratical adventurers who made depredations on the
    Spaniards in America in the 17th and 18th centuries. [Written
    also {bucanier}.]
    Note: Primarily, one who dries and smokes flesh or fish after
          the manner of the Indians. The name was first given to
          the French settlers in Hayti or Hispaniola, whose
          business was to hunt wild cattle and swine.
  2. \Buc`ca*neer"\, v. i.
    To act the part of a buccaneer; to live as a piratical
    adventurer or sea robber.
Thesaurus Terms
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