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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cor"sair
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  1. A pirate; one who cruises about without authorization from any government, to seize booty on sea or land.
  2. A piratical vessel."Barbary corsairs . . . infested the coast of the Mediterranean." [Prescott.]
  3. [Zoöl] A Californian market fish (Sebastichthys rosaceus).

Etymology: F. corsairecf. It. corsare corsale, Pr. corsari), LL. corsarius, fr. L. cursus a running, course, whence Sp. corso cruise, corsa cruise, coasting voyage, corsear to cruise against the enemy, to pirate, corsario cruising, a privateer authorized to cruise against the enemy. See Course

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A swift pirate ship (often operating with official sanction)
  2. A pirate along the Barbary Coast
Wiktionary

Borrowing from French corsaire, from Medieval Latin cursārius (“pirate”), from Latin cursus (“course, a running; plunder, hostile inroad”).

  1. A French privateer, especially from the port of St-Malo
  2. A privateer or pirate in general
  3. The ship of privateers or pirates, especially of French nationality
  4. A nocturnal assassin bug of the genus Rasahus, found in the southern USA.
  5. A Californian market fish (Sebastichthys rosaceus).

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Past life for Corsair born Dec 2, 1983

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of New Guinea approximately on 1050. Your profession was medicine man, surgeon, and herbalist.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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