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scrubber1

[skruhb-er] /ˈskrʌb ər/
noun
1.
a person who scrubs.
2.
a device or process for removing pollutants from smoke or gas produced by burning high-sulfur fuels.
3.
a machine or appliance used in scrubbing:
an automatic floor scrubber.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; scrub1 + -er1

scrubber2

[skruhb-er] /ˈskrʌb ər/
noun
1.
a mongrel, especially a mongrel steer.
2.
a thin or stunted steer.
3.
Australian.
  1. an inhabitant of the bush.
  2. any domestic animal that has run off into the bush and become wild, especially a steer.
Origin
1855-60; scrub2 + -er1

scrubber3

[skruhb-er] /ˈskrʌb ɛr/
noun, British Slang.
1.
a prostitute or promiscuous woman.
Origin
1955-60; variously explained as sense development of either scrubber1 or scrubber2; compare earlier scrub in same sense
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  • Again, scrubbers on the flue gases aim to eliminate particulate and sulfur emissions.
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scrubber1

/ˈskrʌbə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that scrubs
2.
an apparatus for purifying a gas
3.
(Brit & Austral, derogatory, slang) a promiscuous woman

scrubber2

/ˈskrʌbə/
noun
1.
(Austral) a domestic animal, esp a bullock, that has run wild in the bush
Word Origin
C19: from scrub²
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