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French picorer (to go marauding, originally to steal cattle), ultimately from Latin pecoris (cattle).


pickeer (third-person singular simple present pickeers, present participle pickeering, simple past and past participle pickeered)

  1. (obsolete) To make a raid for booty; to maraud.
  2. (obsolete) To skirmish in advance of an army.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pickeer in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)