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poacher1

[poh-cher]
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noun
  1. a person who trespasses on private property, especially to catch fish or game illegally.
  2. 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.
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Origin of poacher1

First recorded in 1660–70; poach1 + -er1

poacher2

[poh-cher]
noun
  1. a pan having a tight-fitting lid and metal cups for steaming or poaching eggs.
  2. any dish or pan used for poaching food, especially a baking dish for poaching fish.
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Origin of poacher2

First recorded in 1860–65; poach2 + -er1
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poacher1

noun
  1. a person who illegally hunts game, fish, etc, on someone else's property
  2. 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
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poacher2

noun
  1. a metal pan with individual cups for poaching eggs
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Word Origin and History for poacher

n.

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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