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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: boucanier 'person living in the forest in the West Indies, buccaneer', from boucaner 'to dry meat in a wooden frame over a fire', from boucan 'wooden frame', from Tupi

buccaneer

noun
     
buc‧ca‧neer [countable]
1 someone who attacks ships at sea and steals from them [= pirate]
2 someone who is very successful, especially in business, but may not be honest

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