Definition of scavenge
- scavenge a street
Rats scavenged in the trash.
The bears scavenged the woods for food.
He scavenged the town dump for automobile parts.
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First Known Use: circa 1644See Words from the same year
of an animal : to search for food to eat
: to search through waste, junk, etc., for something that can be saved or used
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