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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the free-soil guerrillas in Kansas and Missouri during the border disputes of 1854 to 1859.
  • n. A Unionist guerrilla.
  • n. Informal A native or resident of Kansas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An abolitionist raider in the Kansas-Missouri border skirmishes during the American Civil War
  • n. a robber or bandit


From jayhawk, a fictitious bird.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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