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coureur de bois

[koo-rœr duh bwah] /ku rœr də ˈbwɑ/
noun, plural coureurs de bois
[koo-rœr duh bwah] /ku rœr də ˈbwɑ/ (Show IPA).
a French or French-Indian trapper of North America, especially of Canada.
Origin of coureur de bois
literally, runner, hunter of (the) woods Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I want it at once—one with the long hair of a French-Canadian coureur-de-bois.

  • I was prepared to encounter the other coureur-de-bois, and there he was, ferret-face peering and sniffing at us as we approached.

    Cardigan Robert W. Chambers
  • Priest and seigneur, habitant and coureur-de-bois were one and all difficult to fit into accepted English ways.

    The Canadian Dominion Oscar D. Skelton
British Dictionary definitions for coureur-de-bois

coureur de bois

/French kurœr də bwa/
noun (pl) coureurs de bois (kurœr də bwa)
(Canadian history) a French Canadian woodsman or Métis who traded with Indians for furs
Word Origin
Canadian French: trapper (literally: wood-runner)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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