swart·​rut·​ter | \ ˈswȯ(r)t‧ˌrətə(r) \
plural -s

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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History and Etymology for swartrutter

alteration (influenced by Dutch swartrutter black rider) of German schwartze rotte, literally, black gang

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“Swartrutter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swartrutter. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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