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1. One who hunts game for food, ignoring the rules of sport.
2. One who participates in contests simply to win prizes.
3. A person who seeks artifacts from past civilizations for personal use, sometimes by illegal means, without adhering to professional standards of archaeology.

pot′hunt′ing n.


1. (Hunting) a person who hunts for food or for profit without regard to the rules of sport
2. informal a person who enters competitions for the sole purpose of winning prizes
ˈpotˌhunting n, adj


(ˈpɒtˌhʌn tər)

1. a person who hunts for food or profit, ignoring the rules of sport.
2. a person who takes part in contests merely to win prizes.
pot′hunt`ing, n., adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pothunter - a nonprofessional archeologist
archaeologist, archeologist - an anthropologist who studies prehistoric people and their culture
2.pothunter - someone who participates in contests in order to collect trophies
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
3.pothunter - someone who hunts for food (not for sport)
hunter, huntsman - someone who hunts game


[ˈpɒthʌntəʳ] Ncazador(a) m/f de premios
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In other words, they would quite like to know whether you're a dilet- tante, cherry-picking pothunter - or whether you're an exceptionally tal- entedadvertisingperson.
Harelson might be called a pothunter, a graverobber, a looter or a violator of antiquities law.
professional pothunter, [one who hunts game for food ignoring the rules
An anthropology professor lauded the bill's attempt to crack down on the sale and exchange of archaeological artifacts, stating that one of his previous excavations had been looted by a pothunter who sold the artifacts to support a cocaine habit.
A more extreme example, he said, was the Pothunter client who, from a deposit of pounds 700, enjoyed turnover over 10 months of pounds 5,045 but which meant that the duty and tax he suffered was a sobering 66.
My mother was not pleased to find out these were grave furniture, looted from archeological sites by pothunters before the National Museum got wind of them.
Early Spanish colonizers seized gold objects from natives and surviving artifacts are finds of archaeologists and above all pothunters digging up ancient gravesites, e.
34) This led to a culture in which excavating archaeological resources was acceptable and many of the pothunters came to regard themselves as the experts, with what they considered to be a right to dig for artefacts, a belief still held by many people in the area today.
This collection of sixteen short tales is, like the earlier volume, The Pothunters, set in St Austin's, a public school.
And cringing at his depictions of pothunters, for example, goes a long way toward preparing the reader to take seriously his impassioned defense of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and his sincere efforts to enjoin all Mississippians in the preservation and appreciation of the state's ancient past.
Other times, their work is dangerous as Faye and Joe get attacked by pothunters and encounter other unsavory characters.