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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
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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  • In countries where the rigour of the law suffers no poachers, the licensed hunter is not in a much better condition.
  • And the penalties, if the poachers were caught, were severe.
  • In his own eyes, he was protecting the bears from poachers and from the indifference of the park service.
  • It has been ravaged by logging, poachers and oil extraction.
  • Nor has the average ten-year jail sentence handed down to poachers.
  • Without strong forestry policies, squatters will invade forest land and poachers will log at the edges.
  • For her, the only way to protect gorillas was to wage a personal war on poachers.
  • It is poachers or those hunting illegally who are destroying the ecosystem.
  • Despite their well-camouflaged coats and elusive nature, many clouded leopards are killed by poachers for their pelts.
  • The discovery is sure to intrigue not only researchers, but poachers.
British Dictionary definitions for poachers

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 poachers

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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Encyclopedia Article for poachers

poacher

any of the marine fish of the family Agonidae (order Scorpaeniformes). Poachers live in cold water, on the bottom, and are found mainly in the northern Pacific. They are small fish, measuring about 30 cm (12 inches) or less in length, and are distinguished by the bony, often saw-edged armour plates covering their bodies

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