scavenger
noun Etymology: alteration of earlier scavager, from Anglo-French scawageour collector of scavage (duty collected from non-resident street merchants), from skawage scavage, from Middle French dialect (Flanders) escauver to inspect, from Middle Dutch scouwen; akin to Old English scēawian to look at — more at show Date: 1530 1. chiefly British a person employed to remove dirt and refuse from streets 2. one that scavenges: as a. a garbage collector b. a junk collector c. a chemically active substance acting to make innocuous or remove an undesirable substance 3. an organism that typically feeds on refuse or carrion

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  • Scavenger — (engl. Aasfresser) ist: Eine ehemalige schwedische Metalband, siehe The Arcane Order Alkylhalogenide wie 1,2 Dibromethan oder 1,2 Dichlorethan, die Bleiablagerungen im Motor (bei Verwendung verbleiten Benzins) verhindern Triazine zum Entfernen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scavenger — (n.) originally person hired to remove refuse from streets, from M.E. scawageour (late 14c.), London official in charge of collecting tax on goods sold by foreign merchants, from Anglo Fr. scawager, from scawage toll or duty on goods offered for… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Scavenger —   [ skævɪndʒə; englisch, eigentlich »Aasfresser«] der, (s)/ , Antiklopfmittel …   Universal-Lexikon

  • scavenger — ► NOUN 1) a person or animal that scavenges. 2) Chemistry a substance that combines with and removes particular molecules, radicals, etc. ORIGIN originally denoting an official who collected scavage, a toll on foreign merchants goods, later a… …   English terms dictionary

  • scavenger — [skav′in jər] n. [ME scavager < Anglo Fr scawage, inspection < NormFr escauwer, to inspect < Fl scawen or Frank scouwon, to peer at, observe, akin to OE sceawian, SHOW] 1. a person who gathers things that have been discarded by others,… …   English World dictionary

  • Scavenger — For a person who scavenges, see Waste picker. For other uses, see Scavenger (disambiguation). Sarcophaga nodosa, a species of flesh fly feeding on decaying meat Scavenging is both a carnivorous and herbivorous feeding behavior in which individual …   Wikipedia

  • scavenger — [15] A scavenger was originally a scavager – the extra n is the same as that intruded into messenger, passenger, etc. This was acquired from Anglo Norman scawager, and it started life as a term for an official whose job was to collect taxes… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • scavenger — [15] A scavenger was originally a scavager – the extra n is the same as that intruded into messenger, passenger, etc. This was acquired from Anglo Norman scawager, and it started life as a term for an official whose job was to collect taxes… …   Word origins

  • Scavenger — Récupération informelle des déchets Pour les articles homonymes, voir Récupération des déchets et Chiffonnier. Ramasseurs de déchets dans un bidonvill …   Wikipédia en Français

  • scavenger — /skav in jeuhr/, n. 1. an animal or other organism that feeds on dead organic matter. 2. a person who searches through and collects items from discarded material. 3. a street cleaner. 4. Chem. a chemical that consumes or renders inactive the… …   Universalium

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