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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.
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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
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(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.
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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
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[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.
I quickly realized that although my interest and fascination with all species of mushrooms was high, I was for all intents and purposes, a "pothunter," a person whose primary interest is in collecting, and cooking with, wild edible mushrooms.
Harelson might be called a pothunter, a graverobber, a looter or a violator of antiquities law.
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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.(147) He further stated that the illicit trade in artifacts is a serious problem in Oregon and that Portland is a major center for the export of artifacts.(148) In response to a question from the Committee, the professor admitted that casual collectors are sometimes helpful in the discovery of archaeologically important sites, but felt that in the aggregate, casual collectors do more harm than good.(149)
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 66.41 per cent.
My mother was not pleased to find out these were grave furniture, looted from archaeological 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.g., at Pila (Laguna), Santa Ana (Manila), Puerto Galera (Mindoro), Butuan (Agusan) and burial caves in small uninhabited islands.
In the nineteenth century museums would pay local 'pothunters' for artefacts for their collections: for example, the University of Utah paid local people $2 for each pot, enabling a museum collection of over 2,000 pots to be assembled in only five years.