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mosstrooper

[maws-troo-per, mos-] /ˈmɔsˌtru pər, ˈmɒs-/
noun
1.
a marauder who operated in the mosses, or bogs, of the border between England and Scotland in the 17th century.
2.
any marauder.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; moss + trooper
Related forms
mosstroopery, noun
mosstrooping, noun, adjective
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mosstrooper

/ˈmɒsˌtruːpə/
noun
1.
a raider in the border country of England and Scotland in the mid-17th century
Word Origin
C17 moss, in northern English dialect sense: bog
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