|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.