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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·tra·band /ˈkɑntrəˌbænd/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tra·band n.
 1. Illegal or prohibited traffic.
    Persons the most bound in duty to prevent contraband, and the most interested in the seizures.   --Burke.
 2. Goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of which is forbidden.
 3. A negro slave, during the Civil War, escaped to, or was brought within, the Union lines. Such slave was considered contraband of war. [U.S.]
 Contraband of war, that which, according to international law, cannot be supplied to a hostile belligerent except at the risk of seizure and condemnation by the aggrieved belligerent.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tra·band, a. Prohibited or excluded by law or treaty; forbidden; as, contraband goods, or trade.
    The contraband will always keep pace, in some measure, with the fair trade.   --Burke.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·tra·band, v. t.
 1. To import illegally, as prohibited goods; to smuggle. [Obs.]
 2. To declare prohibited; to forbid. [Obs.]
 The law severly contrabands
 Our taking business of men's hands.   --Hudibras.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no
            taxes" [syn: bootleg, black, black-market, smuggled]
      n : goods whose importation or exportation or possession is
          prohibited by law