cape merchant

noun

Definition of cape merchant

1 obsolete : supercargo sense 1
2 obsolete : the head merchant in a trading post

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History and Etymology for cape merchant

probably from Italian capo leader, literally, head, or Middle French cap (from Old Provençal), from Latin caput head

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“Cape merchant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cape%20merchant. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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