swartrutter

noun swart·rut·ter \ˈswȯ(r)t‧ˌrətə(r)\

Definition of swartrutter

plural

-s

  1. :  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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