/buk"reuh/, n. Southern U.S. (chiefly South Atlantic States).
a white man (often used disparagingly).
[1685-90; of uncert. orig.; often alleged to be < Efik mbakára white man; cf. Jamaican E backra, earlier E sp. bochara, bacceroe, backearary]

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