Poacher
Poacher Poach"er (p[=o]ch"[~e]r), n. 1. One who poaches; one who kills or catches game or fish contrary to law. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The American widgeon. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

{Sea poacher} (Zo["o]l.), the lyrie. [1913 Webster]


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  • Poacher — may refer to:*Poaching, the theft or illegal killing of animals or plants, or sometimes artifacts. A poacher is someone who engages in poaching. This is a crime *Poacher (fish), a family (Agonidae) of fish …   Wikipedia

  • poacher — (n.) 1660s, one who poaches game, agent noun from POACH (Cf. poach) (v.1). Attested from 1846 as vessel for poaching eggs (see POACH (Cf. poach) (v.2)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • poacher — ► NOUN ▪ a pan for poaching eggs or other food …   English terms dictionary

  • poacher — poacher1 /poh cheuhr/, n. 1. a person who trespasses on private property, esp. 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… …   Universalium

  • poacher — UK [ˈpəʊtʃə(r)] / US [ˈpoʊtʃər] noun [countable] Word forms poacher : singular poacher plural poachers 1) someone who illegally catches or kills animals, birds, or fish on someone else s property 2) a special pan designed for poaching eggs •… …   English dictionary

  • Poacher — Recorded in a variety of spellings including Pook, Pooke, Pochar, Poacher, Poutcher, Poker, and Pooker, his interesting and unusual name is English. It has apparently nothing to do with poaching or the taking of game, it is, or rather was, a… …   Surnames reference

  • poacher — poach|er [ˈpəutʃə US ˈpoutʃər] n 1.) someone who illegally catches or shoots animals, birds, or fish, especially on private land without permission 2.) poacher turned gamekeeper BrE someone who used to do illegal things or have a bad attitude to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • poacher — poach|er [ poutʃər ] noun count 1. ) someone who illegally catches or kills animals, birds, or fish on someone else s property 2. ) a special pan designed for poaching eggs poacher turned gamekeeper someone who did not obey the law or authority… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • poacher — noun (C) 1 someone who catches or shoots animals, birds, or fish on private land without permission 2 a pan with small containers shaped like cups for poaching eggs 3 poacher turned gamekeeper BrE someone who was previously a criminal and now has …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • poacher — see an old poacher makes the best gamekeeper …   Proverbs new dictionary

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