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corsair:

see Barbary StatesBarbary States,
term used for the North African states of Tripolitania, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. From the 16th cent. Tripolitania, Tunisia, and Algeria were autonomous provinces of the Turkish Empire. Morocco pursued its own independent development.
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robbery committed or attempted on the high seas. It is distinguished from privateering in that the pirate holds no commission from and receives the protection of no nation but usually attacks vessels of all nations.
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Corsair

 

a robber on the high seas. Originally, around the 14th century, the term was applied to seafaring robbers of North Africa. Later the term acquired a broader meaning, becoming a synonym for pirate and privateer.

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corsair

1. a pirate
2. a privateer, esp of the Barbary Coast
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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