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graverobber

or grave rob·ber

[greyv-rob-er]
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noun
  1. a person who steals valuables from graves and tombs: Graverobbers had emptied the Mayan tomb before archaeologists could examine its contents.
  2. a person who steals corpses after burial, especially for medical dissection.

Origin of graverobber

Related formsgrave·rob·bing, noun
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Examples from the Web for grave-robbing

Historical Examples

  • Villages, expert in two hundred generations of grave-robbing, cower among the mounds of wastage, and whoop at the daily tourist.

    Letters of Travel (1892-1913)

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Miss Lowenstein, I have some reason for thinking that you know who is implicated in that grave-robbing business.

    Out of a Labyrinth

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • In the same issue is recorded a mob's assault on a doctor whom they suspected, rightly it seems, of grave-robbing.