hessian

noun hes·sian \ ˈhe-shən \

Definition of hessian

1 capitalized
a : a native of Hesse
b : a German mercenary serving in the British forces during the American Revolution; broadly : a mercenary soldier
2 chiefly British : burlap

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1710

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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