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  • n. A land-based pirate who, on dark nights along dangerous coasts, would demolish any legitimate lighthouses or beacons, erect a decoy signal fire in a different, deliberately misleading location, and then, after having induced a shipwreck, subdue any survivors and plunder the wreckage for valuables.


based on the fact that the strategy would not work on a moonlit night, such that the would-be pirate cussed the moon (Wiktionary)



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  • ""Mooncusser" is the name that Cape Codders gave years ago to people who used to lure storm-tossed ships onto the reefs with a light on the shore." Mystery of the Mooncusser

    March 3, 2015

  • just becussed!? (justice rains?) or does that fog the tissue?

    January 8, 2014

  • That's a long, complicated definition.

    January 7, 2014