body snatcher

noun

Definition of body snatcher

: one who steals corpses from graves

Examples of body snatcher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a new performance every Friday for the coming weeks, including depictions of Cincinnati body snatcher, Mary Cunningham as well as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Strange team, strange season for John Brannen, UC Bearcats," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of body snatcher

circa 1812, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of body snatcher was circa 1812

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“Body snatcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/body%20snatcher. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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body snatcher

noun
body snatch·​er | \ -ˈsnach-ər How to pronounce body snatcher (audio) \

Medical Definition of body snatcher

: one especially in former times who illegally removed usually recently interred corpses from graves for medical dissection or for sale for this purpose

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