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.]
&fist; 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.
Buc`ca*neer", v. i. To act the part of a
buccaneer; to live as a piratical adventurer or sea robber.