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poacher1

[poh-cher] /ˈpoʊ tʃər/
noun
1.
a person who trespasses on private property, especially to catch fish or game illegally.
2.
Also called sea-poacher. any of several slender, marine fishes of the family Agonidae, found chiefly in deeper waters of the North Pacific, having the body covered with bony plates.
Origin of poacher1
1660-1670
1660-70; poach1 + -er1

poacher2

[poh-cher] /ˈpoʊ tʃər/
noun
1.
a pan having a tight-fitting lid and metal cups for steaming or poaching eggs.
2.
any dish or pan used for poaching food, especially a baking dish for poaching fish.
Origin
1860-65; poach2 + -er1
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  • Borlase knew it had made Kit Kendrew a poacher when his wife fell ill of fever.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3) Mary Elizabeth Carter
  • "Why, it's the story of the poacher that she's telling us," he whispered.

  • Jeppe—I have never been either hunter or poacher in my life; you know that is work which may send you to prison!

    Jeppe on the Hill Ludvig Holberg
  • "Ay, I thought it was a poacher," interrupted Standish dryly.

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • No burglar ever brags of his exploits; the poacher always boasts, and always receives applause.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • "I—I reckon we'll call it Providence, all the same," said the poacher.

    Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Hence his giving support to the pretensions of the poacher—not all unselfish.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • The poacher was bought in his shell—for £3—did I not name that price?

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald Edward FitzGerald
British Dictionary definitions for poacher

poacher1

/ˈpəʊtʃə/
noun
1.
a person who illegally hunts game, fish, etc, on someone else's property
2.
poacher turned gamekeeper, someone whose occupation or behaviour is the opposite of what it previously was, such as a burglar who now advises on home security

poacher2

/ˈpəʊtʃə/
noun
1.
a metal pan with individual cups for poaching eggs
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Word Origin and History for poacher
n.

1660s, "one who poaches game," agent noun from poach (v.1). Attested from 1846 as "vessel for poaching eggs," from poach (v.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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