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beachcomber

[beech-koh-mer] /ˈbitʃˌkoʊ mər/
noun
1.
a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches.
2.
a vagrant who lives on the seashore, especially a nonnative person living in such a way on a South Pacific island.
3.
a long wave rolling in from the ocean onto the beach.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; beach + comber
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British Dictionary definitions for beach-comber

beachcomber

/ˈbiːtʃˌkəʊmə/
noun
1.
a person who searches shore debris for anything of worth, esp a vagrant living on a beach
2.
(Canadian) (in British Columbia) a person who is paid for salvaging loose logs and returning them to logging companies
3.
a long high wave rolling onto a beach
Derived Forms
beachcombing, noun
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Word Origin and History for beach-comber
n.

1840, from beach (n.) + agent noun from comb (v.).

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