View synonyms for poaching


[ poh-ching ]


  1. the illegal practice of trespassing on another's property to hunt or steal game without the landowner's permission.
  2. any encroachment on another's property, rights, ideas, or the like.

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Other Words From

  • anti·poaching adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of poaching1

First recorded in 1605–15; poach 2 + -ing 1

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Example Sentences

The group should also back initiatives that tackle such threats as poaching and habitat loss.

The park is large enough to support three to four times the number of animals currently present, but poaching, habitat fragmentation, and the loss of connectivity to other nearby ecosystems have long acted to suppress wildlife populations.

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With fewer tourists in Africa, poaching is on the rise, and rangers don’t have the resources to keep working.

Every day they are threatened by habitat destruction and poaching.

Where these communities are intact, poaching has dramatically decreased.

Now poaching is on the rise and wildlife conservation in peril.

The 13,000-person strong anti-poaching Botswana Defense Force protects the animals in a country.

These numbers coincide with balooning business for wildlife poaching, which is now a$300 billion industry.

Africans are the park rangers protecting the elephants and other wildlife from violent criminal poaching networks.

Poaching fell off dramatically, and the black market price of ivory dropped.

For the benefit of innocents who do not know what poaching is like, I will give an idea of this one dog's depredations.

I took thee for an angler, and thou art but a poaching knave!

Both fox families kept, for the most part, strictly to their own range, for poaching in a fox country always means trouble.

Verna, for her part, was keenly enjoying this clandestine night-poaching expedition.

Poaching, John Carter—is—is a sin of which too many are guilty, owing to the lenity of our most excellent laws.


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