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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Corsair  \Cor"sair\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  Californian  market  fish  ({Sebastichthys  rosaceus}). 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  A  piratical  vessel. 
 
  Barbary  corsairs  .  .  .  infested  the  coast  of  the 
  Mediterranean.  --Prescott. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  corsair 
  n  1:  a  pirate  along  the  Barbary  coast  [syn:  {Barbary  pirate}] 
  2:  a  swift  pirate  ship  (often  operating  with  official  sanction) 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CORSAIR,  n.  A  politician  of  the  seas. 
 
 




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