Lit. 'a boat carl'. A fighting sailor. Much like the *huscarl, the butescarl was a professional soldier but one who fought on a ship, as marines did in the 18c English navy. The term could also indicate the man was a mercenary.

Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. .

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  • Scipflota — A sailor; also a pirate. Cf. Butescarl; Lithesman …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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