Definition of swartrutter
: a member of any of various 16th and 17th century marauding bands in the Netherlands who blackened their faces and wore black garb
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Origin and Etymology of swartrutter
alteration (influenced by Dutch swartrutter black rider) of German schwartze rotte, literally, black gang
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