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ˈskæv ɪn dʒərscav·enger

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scavenger(noun)

    a chemical agent that is added to a chemical mixture to counteract the effects of impurities

  2. magpie, scavenger, pack rat(noun)

    someone who collects things that have been discarded by others

  3. scavenger(noun)

    any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic matter


  1. scavenger(Noun)

    A street sweeper.

  2. scavenger(Noun)

    Someone who scavenges, especially one who searches through rubbish for food or useful things.

  3. scavenger(Noun)

    An animal that feeds on decaying matter such as carrion.

  4. scavenger(Noun)

    A substance used to remove impurities from the air or from a solution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scavenger

    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

    Etymology: [OE. scavager an officer with various duties, originally attending to scavage, fr. OE. & E. scavage. See Scavage, Show, v.]


  1. Scavenger

    Scavenging is both a carnivorous and herbivorous feeding behavior in which the scavenger feeds on dead animal and plant material present in its habitat. The eating of carrion from the same species is referred to as cannibalism. Scavengers play an important role in the ecosystem by consuming the dead animal and plant material. Decomposers and detritivores complete this process, by consuming the remains left by scavengers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scavenger

    skav′en-jėr, n. one who cleans the streets: an animal which feeds on carrion: a child employed to pick up loose cotton from the floor in a cotton-mill.—ns. Scav′agery, street-cleansing; Scav′aging.—v.t. Scav′enge, to cleanse.—ns. Scav′enger-bee′tle, a beetle which acts as a scavenger; Scav′enger-crab, any crab which feeds on decaying animal matter; Scav′engering; Scav′engerism; Scav′engery.—Scavenger's daughter, an instrument of torture by pressure with an iron hoop, invented by Sir W. Skevington, Lieutenant of the Tower under Henry VIII. [Orig. scavager, an inspector of goods for sale, and also of the streets; from scavage, duty on goods for sale—A.S. sceawian, to inspect; cf. Show.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scavenger in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scavenger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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