coureur de bois

cou·​reur de bois | \ ku̇-ˌrər-də-ˈbwä How to pronounce coureur de bois (audio) \
plural coureurs de bois\ ku̇-​ˌrər-​də-​ˈbwä How to pronounce coureurs de bois (audio) \

Definition of coureur de bois

: a French or métis trapper of North America and especially of Canada

First Known Use of coureur de bois

1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coureur de bois

Canadian French, literally, woods runner

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“Coureur de bois.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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