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scavenger

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noun scav·en·ger \ˈska-vən-jər\

Definition of scavenger

  1. 1 chiefly British :  a person employed to remove dirt and refuse from streets

  2. 2 :  one that scavenges: asa :  a garbage collectorb :  a junk collectorc :  a chemically active substance acting to make innocuous or remove an undesirable substance

  3. 3 :  an organism that typically feeds on refuse or carrion



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


SCAVENGER Defined for Kids

scavenger

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noun scav·en·ger \ˈska-vən-jər\

Definition of scavenger

  1. 1 :  a person who picks over junk or garbage for useful items

  2. 2 :  an animal (as a vulture) that feeds on dead or decaying material





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