Pronunciation: (hesh'un), [key]
of or pertaining to the state of Hesse or its inhabitants.
1. a native or inhabitant of Hesse.
2. a Hessian mercenary used by England during the American Revolution.
3. a hireling or ruffian.
4. (l.c.) burlap.
5. Also called Hes'sian and'iron. (in the U.S.) an andiron having as an upright the figure of a Hessian soldier of the Revolutionary War.
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