The hero of a novel so called, by F. Cooper. He is the
beau-ideal of a man without cultivation—honourable in sentiment,
truthful, and brave as a lion; pure of heart, and without reproach in
conduct. The character appears, under different names, in five novels
—The Deerslayer, The Pathfinder, The Last of the Mohicans, The
Pioneers, and The Prairie. (See Natty Bumpo.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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