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- n. A buccaneer; an American pirate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A buccaneer; an American pirate. See filibuster.
The Dutch word for pirate was vrijbuiter-a word that eventually led to the French term flibustier and the Spanish term filibustero.
The word itself has always seemed a wee bit creepy to me: filibuster (n.) 1580s, flibutor “pirate,” probably ultimately from Du. vrijbuiter “freebooter,” used of pirates in the West Indies as Sp. filibustero and Fr. flibustier, either or both of which gave the word to Amer.
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A still more vivid memory of it may be found in their old bowling green, which is still the "Boulingrin" of the Boulevard St. Hilaire (see Map B), a word with which Brachet compares "flibustier," "poulie," and others.
Branch, began to find good account in his change of character from the flibustier of the Keys into that of smuggler and trader of the Chesapeake.
This term was derived from the French word flibustier, which came from the Dutch word vrijbuiter
See also Archenholtz.] [Footnote 8: Not to be confounded with the Tortugas, the westernmost islands of the Florida Keys (_Cayos_, Spanish for rocks, shoals, or islets).] [Footnote 9: Charlevoix will have it reversed, and derives _flibustier_ from _freebooter; _ but this English word is not old enough to have been
[Footnote: Tonty also speaks of him as "un flibustier anglois."
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