- scavenge pump,
- scavenge stroke,
- scavenger beetle,
- scavenger hunt,
- scavenger's daughter,
Origin of scavenger
Examples from the Web for scavengers
Kites used to be excessively common about many English towns, where they acted as scavengers.An Australian Bird Book|John Albert Leach
Any carrion that has lived the life of an animal comes within the domain of these scavengers.The Life of the Fly|J. Henri Fabre
If scavengers are helpful, then he is a useful member of society.Watched by Wild Animals|Enos A. Mills
No, he had already done his business here—this was where the president of the Scavengers' Union lived.Pelle the Conqueror, Complete|Martin Anderson Nexo
The scavengers were sweeping down, and part of the after guard was bending a new bolt-rope on a storm staysail.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
Word Origin for scavenger
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.