hessian

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noun hes·sian \ˈhe-shən\

Definition of hessian

  1. 1 capitalized a :  a native of Hesseb :  a German mercenary serving in the British forces during the American Revolution; broadly :  a mercenary soldier

  2. 2 chiefly British :  burlap

1710

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1710

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a dividing ridge between drainage areas

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