a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches.
a vagrant who lives on the seashore, especially a nonnative person living in such a way on a South Pacific island.
a long wave rolling in from the ocean onto the beach.

1830–40; beach + comber Unabridged
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beachcomber (ˈbiːtʃˌkəʊmə)
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

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Once ashore, some lucky beachcomber finds the sea nugget-lucky, because ambergris costs a small fortune.
Walker admits he is an avid beachcomber and says the beach offers a good mix of seashells.
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