coureur de bois

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coureur de bois a French Canadian trapper
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Usage

In literature:

Someone had arrived, a coureur de bois from the north.
"Alice of Old Vincennes" by Maurice Thompson
Coureur-de-bois (koo'rur'de-bwa'), a class of men, French by birth, who, through long association with the Indians were only half civilized.
"Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four." by William H. Elson
COUREURS DE BOIS, their origin and influence, 114; their mode of life, 189.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
Coureurs de bois, the, 32.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
The canoemen were mainly French-Canadian coureurs de bois, gay voyageurs on lake and stream.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
The second class of traders, known as coureurs de bois, or wood-runners, were very different from the first.
"Pathfinders of the Great Plains" by Lawrence J. Burpee
Large profits meant large risks, and the coureur de bois took his life in his hand.
"The Fighting Governor" by Charles W. Colby
It took the barbarous coureur de bois to see through the paint!
"The Span o' Life" by William McLennan
Cut it a la coureur-de-bois!
"Cardigan" by Robert W. Chambers
Many a time hath he pulled me down off the palisade when I looked over to see the coureurs de bois go roaring by.
"The Story of Tonty" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
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