pothunter

noun

pot·​hunt·​er ˈpät-ˌhən-tər How to pronounce pothunter (audio)
1
: one who hunts game for food
2
: an amateur archaeologist
pothunting noun

Examples of pothunter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For centuries, Native Americans have decried the looting of the graves of their ancestors by pothunters and scientists and the display of their remains and belongings in museums. Kathleen Sharp For Propublica, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2023 Pottery shards have been moved around, others perhaps pilfered, and the floor shoveled up by pothunters. Stephen Nash, New York Times, 25 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pothunter was in 1750

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“Pothunter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pothunter. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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