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Spanish ship fighting Corsairs


Borrowed from French corsaire, from Medieval Latin cursārius (pirate), from Latin cursus (course, a running; plunder, hostile inroad).



corsair (plural corsairs)

  1. A French privateer, especially from the port of St-Malo
  2. A privateer or pirate in general
    • 1840, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, Chapter 34.
      "If I had been born a corsair or a pirate, a brigand, genteel highwayman or patriot―and they're the same thing," thought Mr. Tappertit, musing among the nine-pins, "I should have been all right. But to drag out a [sic] ignoble existence unbeknown to mankind in general―patience! I will be famous yet."
  3. The ship of privateers or pirates, especially of French nationality
  4. A nocturnal assassin bug of the genus Rasahus, found in the southern USA.
  5. A Californian market fish (Sebastes rosaceus).


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