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Jayhawker

[jey-haw-ker] /ˈdʒeɪˌhɔ kər/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Kansas (used as a nickname).
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a plundering marauder, especially one of the antislavery guerrillas in Kansas, Missouri, and other border states before and during the Civil War.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; of uncertain origin
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jayhawker

n.

American English, 1858, originally "freebooter, guerrilla, Kansas irregular" (especially one who came from the North). Hence back-formed verb jayhawk "harass" (1866).

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