Life is a scavenger hunt run backward as well as forward, a race to comprehend.
At that point, Tyson had become a scavenger spewing bile and pus.
There is another way in which he is beneficial, and that is as a scavenger.
Just beyond, he could see the sleek silvery lines of the scavenger.
The other scavenger's turret-hatch also swung slightly open.
The scavenger was moving fast now, dwindling in the viewscreen.
The scavenger, with his broom which had just swept the High-street, was clearing away a heap of mud.
The scavenger was grappled to the orbit-ship's hull by magnetic cables.
He, too, scavenger though he is, has a genius for being graceful.
Why, they might just as well be thrown into the gutter and carried off in the scavenger's cart.
1540s, originally "person hired to remove refuse from streets," from Middle English scawageour (late 14c.), London official in charge of collecting tax on goods sold by foreign merchants, from Anglo-French scawager, from scawage "toll or duty on goods offered for sale in one's precinct" (c.1400), from Old North French escauwage "inspection," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German scouwon, Old English sceawian "to look at, inspect;" see show (v.)).
It has come to be regarded as an agent noun in -er, but the verb is a late back-formation from the noun. With intrusive -n- (c.1500) as in harbinger, passenger, messenger. Extended to animals 1590s. Scavenger hunt is attested from 1937.