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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Buccaneer  \Buc`ca*neer"\,  n.  [F.  boucanier,  fr  boucaner  to 
  smoke  or  broil  meat  and  fish,  to  hunt  wild  beasts  for  their 
  skins,  boucan  a  smoking  place  for  meat  or  fish,  gridiron  for 
  smoking:  a  word  of  American  origin.] 
  A  robber  upon  the  sea;  a  pirate;  --  a  term  applied  especially 
  to  the  piratical  adventurers  who  made  depredations  on  the 
  Spaniards  in  America  in  the  17th  and  18th  centuries.  [Written 
  also  {bucanier}.] 
  Note:  Primarily,  one  who  dries  and  smokes  flesh  or  fish  after 
  the  manner  of  the  Indians.  The  name  was  first  given  to 
  the  French  settlers  in  Hayti  or  Hispaniola,  whose 
  business  was  to  hunt  wild  cattle  and  swine.