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rapparee

[rap-uh-ree] /ˌræp əˈri/
noun
1.
an armed Irish freebooter or plunderer, especially of the 17th century.
2.
any freebooter or robber.
Origin
1680-1690
1680-90; < Irish rapaire
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rapparee

/ˌræpəˈriː/
noun
1.
an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century
2.
(obsolete) any plunderer or robber
Word Origin
C17: from Irish rapairidhe pike, probably from English rapier
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Word Origin and History for rapparee
n.

"Irish freebooter," 1680s, originally "pikeman," from Irish rapairidhe, plural of rapaire "half-pike." Kind of soldier prominent in the war of 1688-92.

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Encyclopedia Article for rapparee

any of the dispossessed native Irish who employed guerrilla methods to resist the English from the time of the English Civil Wars (1642-51) and more especially after the regular Irish army had surrendered in the Jacobite war (1689-91) in Ireland. They were termed rapparees after their weapons, short pikes (Irish: rapaire). The elusiveness of the rapparees confounded the British for a time, but superior forces, plus Britain's ability to insulate Ireland from foreign, particularly French, support, ended the insurgency.

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