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1. A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who plundered Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century.
2. A ruthless speculator or adventurer.
intr.v. buc·ca·neered, buc·ca·neer·ing, buc·ca·neers
1. To plunder shipping; act as a buccaneer.
2. To show boldness and enterprise, as in business, often in a reckless or unscrupulous way.
[French boucanier, from boucaner, to cure meat, from boucan, barbecue frame, of Tupian origin; akin to Tupí mukém, rack.]
Word History: When it is first attested in the middle of the 17th century, the French word boucanier, later borrowed into English as buccaneer, referred to French traders on the islands of Hispaniola and Tortuga. The traders hunted the feral cattle and boars on the islands for their hides, and they smoked the meat in a barbecue frame known in French as a boucan. The French word came from the Tupí word for a wooden rack used for roasting. The original barbecuing buccaneers subsequently adopted a more remunerative way of life, piracy, which accounts for the modern meanings of the English word.
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(Historical Terms) a pirate, esp one who preyed on the Spanish colonies and shipping in America and the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries
to be or act like a buccaneer
[C17: from French boucanier, from boucaner to smoke meat, from Old French boucan frame for smoking meat, of Tupian origin; originally applied to French and English hunters of wild oxen in the Caribbean]
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a pirate, esp. one who raided Spanish colonies and ships along the American coast in the second half of the 17th century.
[1655–65; < French boucanier, literally, barbecuer]
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Past participle: buccaneered
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|Noun||1.||buccaneer - someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation|
despoiler, freebooter, looter, pillager, plunderer, raider, spoiler - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
sea king - a Viking pirate chief
|Verb||1.||buccaneer - live like a buccaneer|
live - lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style; "we had to live frugally after the war"
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noun pirate, privateer, corsair, freebooter, sea-rover the villainous buccaneer with the peg-leg and the parrot
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buccaneer[ˌbʌkəˈnɪəʳ] n → bucaniere m
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a type of pirate. seerower, vrybuiter قُرصان пират bucaneiro bukanýr der Seeräuber sørøver κουρσάρος bucanero mereröövel دزد دریایی bukanieeri boucanier שוֹדֵד יָם समूद्री डाकू gusar kalóz bajak laut bucaniere 海賊 해적 piratas, korsaras pirāts; jūras laupītājs lanun boekaniersjørøverkorsarz دریایی غل pirata corsar пират pirát, korzár pirat pirat sjörövare โจรสลัด korsan 海盜 пірат بحری قزاق cướp biển 海盗
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