|1.||a person who collects things discarded by others|
|2.||any animal that feeds on decaying organic matter, esp on refuse|
|3.||a substance added to a chemical reaction or mixture to counteract the effect of impurities|
|4.||a person employed to clean the streets|
|[C16: from Anglo-Norman scawager, from Old Norman French escauwage examination, from escauwer to scrutinize, of Germanic origin; related to Flemish scauwen]|
|scavenger (skāv'ən-jər) Pronunciation Key
An animal that feeds on dead organisms, especially a carnivorous animal that eats dead animals rather than or in addition to hunting live prey. Vultures, hyenas, and wolves are scavengers.
animal that feeds partly or wholly on the bodies of dead animals. Many invertebrates, such as carrion beetles, live almost entirely on decomposing animal matter. The burying beetles actually enter the dead bodies of small animals before feeding on them underground
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