One of those most known is that of Pariahs; they are subject to labour of agriculture and to the filthiest duty of scavengers.
They are the scavengers of the sea in their way, just as the crocodiles are of the great rivers.
Three weeks before a jailer struck one of the scavengers who had spilt some soup over his new uniform.
They are useful as acting the part of scavengers to the stream they inhabit.
If scavengers are helpful, then he is a useful member of society.
The hyena and the vulture are the scavengers of the tropical regions.
In Spain, it is true, vultures serve a useful office as scavengers; yet in modern Europe they surely seem an anachronism.
In some towns, they are employed by the sanitary department as scavengers.
The scavengers are mentioned by Stow at the end of his account of each City ward along with other officers.
“Empress of scavengers” was M. Mohl's title for her at this time.
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.