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scav·en·ger

 (skăv′ən-jər)
n.
1. An animal, such as a vulture or housefly, that feeds on dead or decaying matter.
2. One that scavenges, as a person who searches through refuse for useful items.
3. Chemistry A substance added to a mixture to remove or inactivate impurities.

[Alteration of Middle English scauager, schavager, official charged with street maintenance, from Anglo-Norman scawager, toll collector, from scawage, a tax on the goods of foreign merchants, from Flemish scauwen, to look at, show.]

scavenger

(ˈskævɪndʒə)
n
1. a person who collects things discarded by others
2. (Zoology) any animal that feeds on decaying organic matter, esp on refuse
3. (Chemistry) a substance added to a chemical reaction or mixture to counteract the effect of impurities
4. a person employed to clean the streets
[C16: from Anglo-Norman scawager, from Old Norman French escauwage examination, from escauwer to scrutinize, of Germanic origin; related to Flemish scauwen]
ˈscavengery n

scav•en•ger

(ˈskæv ɪn dʒər)

n.
1. an animal or other organism that feeds on dead organic matter.
2. a person who scavenges for useful material.
3. a street cleaner.
4. a chemical that consumes or renders inactive the impurities in a mixture.
[1520–30; earlier scavager < Anglo-French scawageour=(e)scawage inspection (escaw(er) to inspect (< Middle Dutch schauwen to look at, c. show) + -age -age) + -eour -or2]

scav·en·ger

(skăv′ən-jər)
An animal that feeds on dead organisms, especially a meat-eating animal that eats dead animals rather than hunting live prey. Vultures, hyenas, and wolves are scavengers.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scavenger - a chemical agent that is added to a chemical mixture to counteract the effects of impurities
chemical agent - an agent that produces chemical reactions
2.scavenger - someone who collects things that have been discarded by othersscavenger - someone who collects things that have been discarded by others
hoarder - a person who accumulates things and hides them away for future use
3.scavenger - any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matterscavenger - any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
bottom-feeder - a scavenger that feeds low on the food chain
Translations
زَبّال، كَنّاس
hadrářmrchožroutprohledávač odpadků
ådselæder
haaskaeläin
אוכל נבלות
guberáló
skransafnari; hrææta
aaseter
padlinożerca
vyberať odpadové koše
çöp karıştırıcı

scavenger

[ˈskævɪndʒəʳ] N
1. (= person) → persona f que rebusca en las basuras, pepenador(a) m/f (Mex)
2. (Zool) (= animal) → animal m carroñero; (= bird) → ave f de carroña; (= insect) → insecto m de carroña

scavenger

[ˈskævɪndʒər] n
(= animal) → charognard m
(= person) → éboueur m

scavenger

n (= animal)Aasfresser m; (fig: = person) → Aasgeier m

scavenger

[ˈskævɪndʒəʳ] n (animal) → insetto (or animale m) necrofago; (person) chi fruga nei rifiuti alla ricerca di qualcosa

scavenge

(ˈskӕvindʒ) verb
to search for useful or usable objects, food etc amongst rubbish etc.
ˈscavenger noun
References in classic literature ?
Clopin Trouillefou had placed himself at the apex with the Duke of Egypt, our friend Jehan, and the most daring of the scavengers.
Those we loosed as scavengers to devour the bodies of the dead of Torquas.
With an oath he pushed his gruesome companion out into mid-stream to float on down toward the great pool and the awaiting scavengers of the deep.
The following list completes, I believe, the terrestrial fauna: a fly (Olfersia) living on the booby, and a tick which must have come here as a parasite on the birds; a small brown moth, belonging to a genus that feeds on feathers; a beetle (Quedius) and a woodlouse from beneath the dung; and lastly, numerous spiders, which I suppose prey on these small attendants and scavengers of the water-fowl.
I remember so well one day, when the rain was pouring down in torrents, the scavengers were before the house where I was in service, and I had come up with the dust, and remained standing at the door--it was dreadful weather--when just as I was there, the postman came and gave me a letter.
There was no drainage to carry off the wine, and not only did it all get taken up, but so much mud got taken up along with it, that there might have been a scavenger in the street, if anybody acquainted with it could have believed in such a miraculous presence.
The Adjutant, being a first-class scavenger, is allowed to go where he pleases, and so this one never flinched.
The empty street - its other life so marked even by great lamp-lit vacancy - was within call, within touch; he stayed there as to be in it again, high above it though he was still perched; he watched as for some comforting common fact, some vulgar human note, the passage of a scavenger or a thief, some night-bird however base.
until, shaking himself in anger, he picked up a rock and hurled it at the grim scavenger.
I am no scavenger of odds and ends," he went on, with infinite contempt in his lower lip, "I am a theatrical reporter; and this evening I shall have to give a little account of the play at the Scala.
Internal oxygen content can be reduced by chemical scavengers; however, scavengers have slow rates of reaction, limited capacity, and limited ability to trigger the scavenging reaction at the time of filling.
MULTAN -- District Officer Solid Waste Management Khawaja Mohammad Anwar has directed the MWMC supervisors to stop scavengers for collecting waste from containers.