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scavenger

noun scav·en·ger \ˈska-vən-jər\

Definition of SCAVENGER

1
chiefly British :  a person employed to remove dirt and refuse from streets
2
:  one that scavenges: as
a :  a garbage collector
b :  a junk collector
c :  a chemically active substance acting to make innocuous or remove an undesirable substance
3
:  an organism that typically feeds on refuse or carrion
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Origin of SCAVENGER

alteration of earlier scavager, from Anglo-French scawageour collector of scavage (duty collected from non-resident street merchants), from skawage scavage, from Middle French dialect (Flanders) escauver to inspect, from Middle Dutch scouwen; akin to Old English scēawian to look at — more at show
First Known Use: 1530

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SCAVENGER Defined for Kids

scavenger

noun scav·en·ger \ˈska-vən-jər\

Definition of SCAVENGER for Kids

1
:  a person who picks over junk or garbage for useful items
2
:  an animal (as a vulture) that feeds on dead or decaying material

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