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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.]
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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
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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]
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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.
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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
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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
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scavenger

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

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

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

(ˈskӕvindʒ) verb
to search for useful or usable objects, food etc amongst rubbish etc.
ˈscavenger noun
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