Word of the Week: boucane

Word of the Week…en Français

boucane /bu.kan/ feminine noun

Smoke. Also, boucaner (verb) – to smoke. Derived from an indigenous American language. To smoke meat or to raise a smudge against mosquitoes. According to one observer, it was adopted by “French adventurers” who had established themselves among the Indians to hunt. See A Glossary of Mississippi Valley French, Wikibec, and The Canadian Encyclopedia.

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