scav|en|ger

scav|en|ger
scav|en|ger «SKAV uhn juhr», noun.
1. an animal that feeds on decaying matter. Vultures, jackals, and some snails and beetles are scavengers. »

Turkey buzzards…their services as scavengers are invaluable (Frank M. Chapman).

2. a person who searches through discarded objects for something of value.
3. a person who cleans streets or other public areas of dirt and filth: »

An army of scavengers…was cleansing the asphalt roadway (George du Maurier).

[alteration of Middle English skavager inspector < Anglo-French scawager < scawage a toll < Old North French escauwage < escauwer to inspect < Flemish scauwen. Compare etym. under passenger (Cf.passenger), messenger. (Cf.messenger)]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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