a person who trespasses on private property, especially to catch fish or game illegally.
Also called sea-poacher. any of several slender, marine fishes of the family Agonidae, found chiefly in deeper waters of the North Pacific, having the body covered with bony plates.
Origin of poacher1
First recorded in 1660–70; poach1
a pan having a tight-fitting lid and metal cups for steaming or poaching eggs. any dish or pan used for poaching food, especially a baking dish for poaching fish.
Origin of poacher2
First recorded in 1860–65; poach2
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British Dictionary definitions for poacher
a person who illegally hunts game, fish, etc, on someone else's property
poacher turned gamekeeper someone whose occupation or behaviour is the opposite of what it previously was, such as a burglar who now advises on home security
a metal pan with individual cups for poaching eggs
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Word Origin and History for poacher
1660s, "one who poaches game," agent noun from poach (v.1). Attested from 1846 as "vessel for poaching eggs," from poach (v.2).
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