body snatcher
noun Date: 1812 one who steals corpses from graves

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Body Snatcher — oder The Body Snatcher bezeichnet: Leichendieb, Entwender eines Toten aus Leichenhäusern oder Friedhöfen Der Leichenräuber (The Body Snatcher), Kurzgeschichte von Robert Louis Stevenson aus dem Jahr 1884 Der Leichendieb (The Body Snatcher),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Body snatcher — Body Bod y, n.; pl. {Bodies}. [OE. bodi, AS. bodig; akin to OHG. botah. [root]257. Cf. {Bodice}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The material organized substance of an animal, whether living or dead, as distinguished from the spirit, or vital principle; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • body snatcher — n. a person who steals corpses from graves, as formerly to sell them for anatomical dissection …   English World dictionary

  • body snatcher — noun someone who takes bodies from graves and sells them for anatomical dissection • Syn: ↑graverobber, ↑ghoul • Hypernyms: ↑thief, ↑stealer * * * noun : one who without authority takes corpses from graves usually for purposes of dissection or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • body snatcher — UK [ˈbɒdɪ ˌsnætʃə(r)] / US [ˈbɑdɪ ˌsnætʃər] noun [countable] Word forms body snatcher : singular body snatcher plural body snatchers someone in the past who dug up dead bodies after they were buried to sell to doctors for dissection (= the… …   English dictionary

  • body snatcher — body snatch·er snach ər n one esp. in former times who illegally removed usu. recently interred corpses from graves for medical dissection or for sale for this purpose …   Medical dictionary

  • body snatcher — noun One who secretly removes without right or authority a dead body from a grave, vault, etc …   Wiktionary

  • body-snatcher — /ˈbɒdi ˌsnætʃə/ (say bodee .snachuh) noun 1. (formerly) a person who robbed a grave to obtain a body for medical dissection. 2. World War I Colloquial a member of a raiding party whose mission was to bring back a live enemy soldier or, at the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • body snatcher — 1. a person who steals corpses; graverobber. 2. Slang. an agency that recruits executives working for one company to fill top management positions in another. [1805 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • body snatcher — bod|y snatch|er [ badi ,snætʃər ] noun count someone in the past who dug up dead bodies after they were buried to sell to doctors for DISSECTION (=the process of cutting into them to examine the organs inside) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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