Corsair

Cor"sair

(k?r"s?r), n. [F. corsaire (cf. It. corsare, corsale, Pr. corsari), LL. corsarius, fr. L. cursus a running, course, whence Sp. corso cruise, corsa cruise, coasting voyage, corsear to cruise against the enemy, to pirate, corsario cruising, a privateer authorized to cruise against the enemy. See Course.] 1. A pirate; one who cruises about without authorization from any government, to seize booty on sea or land.
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2. A piratical vessel.
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Barbary corsairs . . . infested the coast of the Mediterranean.
Prescott.
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3. (Zol.) A Californian market fish (Sebastichthys rosaceus).
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