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scavenger (ˈskævɪndʒə)
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]

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