buc·​can | \ (ˌ)bəˈkan, ˈbəkən \
variants: or bucan or boucan \ (ˈ)bü¦kan , -​kän \

Definition of buccan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to expose (meat) in strips to fire and smoke upon a buccan


\ " \
variants: or bucan or boucan \ " \
plural -s

Definition of buccan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a wooden frame or grid for roasting, smoking, or drying meat over fire
2 : buccaned meat

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History and Etymology for buccan

Transitive verb

borrowed from Middle French boucaner, verbal derivative of boucan “wooden frame for roasting or smoking meat”


borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Tupi mokaʔẽ́, mbokaʔẽ́, from mo-, mbo-, causative marker + kaʔẽ “to be roasted, dried”

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“Buccan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buccan. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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