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(Historical Terms) a raider in the border country of England and Scotland in the mid-17th century
[C17 moss, in northern English dialect sense: bog]


(ˈmɔsˌtru pər, ˈmɒs-)

1. a marauder who operated in the mosses, or bogs, of the border between England and Scotland in the 17th century.
2. any marauder.
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It is not improbable that, at the time when Cicero lamented the irreparable loss of the [oral] poems mentioned by Cato, a search among the nooks of the Apennines, as active as the search which Sir Walter Scott made among the descendants of the mosstroopers of Liddesdale, might have brought to light many fine remains of ancient minstrelsy.