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3 definitions found
 for Scavenger
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 (Zool.), any beetle which feeds on
        decaying substances, as the carrion beetle.
  
     Scavenger crab (Zool.), 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]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  scavenger
      n 1: a chemical agent that is added to a chemical mixture to
           counteract the effects of impurities
      2: someone who collects things that have been discarded by
         others [syn: magpie, scavenger, pack rat]
      3: any animal that feeds on refuse and other decaying organic
         matter

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  34 Moby Thesaurus words for "scavenger":
     amphibian, aquatic, biped, canine, cannibal, carnivore,
     chimney sweep, cleanser, cosmopolite, crossing sweeper, feline,
     flue cleaner, gnawer, herbivore, insectivore, invertebrate, mammal,
     mammalian, marsupial, marsupialian, omnivore, primate, quadruped,
     reptile, rodent, ruminant, street sweeper, sweep, sweeper,
     ungulate, varmint, vermin, vertebrate, whitewing
  
  

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