beach-comber
beachcomber eachcomber [Written also {beach-comber} or {beach comber}.] (Naut.) 1. A vagrant seaman, usually of low character, who loiters about seaports, particularly on the shores and islands of the Pacific Ocean. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

I was fortunate enough, however, to forgather with a Scotchman who was a beach-comber. --F. T. Bullen. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. a vagrant living on a beach. [WordNet 1.5]

3. a person who searches along a beach for objects of value, such as lost objects or seashells. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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