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Recent Examples of scavenger from the Web
The bags were dropped into Yaquina Bay where scavengers set about cleaning the bones.
There are predators, parasites, and other scavengers aplenty.
Weird Al Yankovic has been a scavenger at pop’s margins for four decades.
Then, when the opossum, raccoon or owl is killed by a car, scavengers are attracted to the pavement, where their lives, too, are at risk.
Researchers also had to make sure other animals couldn’t get into the bait feeders, and that hogs killed by sodium nitrite were safe for scavengers.
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Most notably, the material hasn’t proven lethal to scavengers that have eaten poisoned hogs, VerCauteren said of tests the USDA has conducted.
Threats found in other remote locations, such as heat, soggy conditions or animal scavengers, are not an issue at such high elevations.
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Did You Know?
You might guess that "scavenger" is a derivative of "scavenge," but the reverse is actually true; "scavenger" is the older word, first appearing in English in 1530, and the back-formation "scavenge" came into English in the mid-17th century. "Scavenger" is an alteration of the earlier "scavager," itself from Anglo-French scawageour, meaning "collector of scavage." In medieval times, "scavage" was a tax levied by towns and cities on goods put up for sale by nonresidents, in order to provide resident merchants with a competitive advantage. The officers in charge of collecting this tax were later made responsible for keeping streets clean, and that's how "scavenger" came to refer to a public sanitation employee in Great Britain before acquiring its current sense referring to a person who salvages discarded items.
Origin and Etymology of scavenger
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
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