Scavenger crab
Scavenger Scav"en*ger, n. [OE. scavager an officer with various duties, originally attending to scavage, fr. OE. & E. scavage. See {Scavage}, {Show}, v.] A person whose employment is to clean the streets of a city, by scraping or sweeping, and carrying off the filth. The name is also applied to any animal which devours refuse, carrion, or anything injurious to health. [1913 Webster]

{Scavenger beetle} (Zo["o]l.), any beetle which feeds on decaying substances, as the carrion beetle.

{Scavenger crab} (Zo["o]l.), any crab which feeds on dead animals, as the spider crab.

{Scavenger's daughter} [corrupt. of Skevington's daughter], an instrument of torture invented by Sir W. Skevington, which so compressed the body as to force the blood to flow from the nostrils, and sometimes from the hands and feet. --Am. Cyc. [1913 Webster]


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