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Meaning of SCAVENGER

Pronunciation:  'skavinjur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter
  2. [n]  someone who collects things that have been discarded by others
  3. [n]  a chemical agent that is added to a chemical mixture to counteract the effects of impurities

SCAVENGER is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: magpie, pack rat
 See Also: animal, animate being, beast, brute, chemical agent, creature, fauna, hoarder



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Scav"en*ger\, n. [OE. scavager an officer with
various duties, originally attending to scavage, fr. OE. & E.
scavage. See {Scavage}, {Show}, v.]
A person whose employment is to clean the streets of a city,
by scraping or sweeping, and carrying off the filth. The name
is also applied to any animal which devours refuse, carrion,
or anything injurious to health.

{Scavenger beetle} (Zo["o]l.), any beetle which feeds on
   decaying substances, as the carrion beetle.

{Scavenger crab} (Zo["o]l.), any crab which feeds on dead
   animals, as the spider crab.

{Scavenger's daughter} [corrupt. of Skevington's daughter],
   an instrument of torture invented by Sir W. Skevington,
   which so compressed the body as to force the blood to flow
   from the nostrils, and sometimes from the hands and feet.
   --Am. Cyc.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An animal (such as a vulture or coyote) that eats carcasses abandoned by predators, digs through trash cans for food, etc.; true scavengers seldom kill their own prey (but many animals are not exclusively scavengers).