or grave rob·ber
- a person who steals valuables from graves and tombs: Graverobbers had emptied the Mayan tomb before archaeologists could examine its contents.
- a person who steals corpses after burial, especially for medical dissection.
Origin of graverobber
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for grave-robbing
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)
Miss Lowenstein, I have some reason for thinking that you know who is implicated in that grave-robbing business.Out of a Labyrinth</p>
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.An Enquiry into the Causes of the Frequent Executions at Tyburn (1725)