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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]
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(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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This level of crime and illegal trade caused the borders to be portrayed as a land of 'mosstroopers, theves, robbers and other wicked and lawlesse persons who convocat themselves together in hostile furitour'.
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