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scavenger (hoarder)

Definition:

someone who collects things that have been discarded by others

Class:

person noun (people)

Related to:

scavenge

Plural:

scavengers

Type of:

hoarder » saver » owner » person

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

magpie | pack rat

Etymology:

originally "person hired to remove refuse from streets", from Middle English...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of scavenger...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Pack rat | packrat | woodrat

can be any of the species in the rodent genus Neotoma. Packrats have a rat-like appearance with long tails, large ears and large black eyes. Compared to deer mice, harvest mice and grasshopper mice, packrats are noticeably larger and are usually... (41 of 2292 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pack rat

Pack rat (disambiguation)

a small rodent in the genus Neotoma. Pack rat can also refer to: A person who engages in compulsive hoarding | Peter Pack Rat, a 1984 arcade game | A packrat parser for parsing expression grammar | Packrat (Transformers), a fictional character in the ... (41 of 90 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pack rat (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

pack rat | wood rat [synonym]

any rat of the genus "Neotoma", of western North America, having a long tail that is furry in some species: family "Cricetidae" (22 of 233 words, 1 usage example)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pack-rat

Columbia Encyclopedia:

pack rat | trade rat | wood rat | pack rats

rodentof the genus "Neotoma", of North and Central America, noted for its habit of collecting bright, shiny objects and leaving other objects, such as ... (24 of 168 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0837248​.html

Merriam-Webster:

pack rat | Neotoma cinerea [species, sense-specific]

"wood rat" ; especially, a bushy-tailed rodent of western North America ... | a person who collects or hoards especially unneeded items (21 of 76 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pack rat

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pack rat [countable] | pack rats [plural]

[United States, informal] someone who keeps or collects a lot of different things, even when they are not useful or valuable | a small North American ... (25 of 61 words, 2 definitions)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pack-rat

American Heritage Dictionary:

pack rat | trade rat [sense-specific] | wood rat [sense-specific]

Any of various small North American rodents of the genus "Neotoma" that collect in or around their nests a great variety of small objects. | [western ... (25 of 46 words, 3 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pack-rat

Random House Dictionary:

pack rat | trade rat [synonym, sense-specific] | Neotoma cinerea [species, sense-specific]

a large, bushy-tailed rodent of North America, noted for carrying off small articles to store in its nest. | [informal] ; a person who collects, ... (24 of 46 words, 2 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/pack-rat

Oxford Dictionary:

pack rat

another term for "woodrat". | [North American, insulting] : a person who hoards things. (13 of 32 words, 2 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pack-rat

New World Dictionary:

pack rat [United States] | wood rat [United States] | Neotoma [genus, sense-specific]

any of a genus of North American rats that often carry off and hide small articles in their nests | [informal] a person who habitually saves unneeded, ... (26 of 31 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pack-rat

Cambridge Dictionary:

a pack rat [United States] | pack rat

someone who collects things that they do not need (9 of 25 words, 1 usage example)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/a-pack-rat

Wiktionary:

pack rat | Neotoma [genus, sense-specific]

Any of several small North American rodents, of the genus Neotoma, that have bushy tails | [informal] A scavenger (18 of 19 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pack rat

Britannica Encyclopedia:

scavenger [zoology] | Carrion-feeder [synonym]

animal that feeds partly or wholly on the bodies of dead animals. Many invertebrates, such as carrion beetles, live almost entirely on decomposing ... (23 of 155 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/526840​/scavenger

Encarta Dictionary:

pack rat | pack rats [plural] | wood rat [zoology]

a rat that lives in woodlands and collects and carries away objects to its ... | a hoarder of objects (informal) (20 of 63 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861722946​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

scavenger

Origin: originally "person hired to remove refuse from streets", from Middle English scawageour (late 14th century), London official in charge of ... (20 of 89 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=scavenger

Wiktionary:

scavenger | scavengers [plural]

Origin: Middle English scavager, from Old French scawageour ("one who had to do with scavage, inspector, tax collector"), from Old French *scawage, *scavage, escavage, escauwage ("scavage"), alteration of ... (27 of 52 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/scavenger

Oxford Dictionary:

scavenger

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: alteration of earlier scavager, from Anglo-Norman French scawager, from Old Northern French escauwer "inspect", from Flemish ... (19 of 51 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/scavenger

Merriam-Webster:

scavenger

First use: 1530

Origin: alteration of earlier scavager, from Anglo-French scawageour collector of scavage (duty collected from non-resident street merchants), ... (17 of 40 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scavenger

American Heritage Dictionary:

scavenger

Origin: Alteration of Middle English scauager, schavager, official charged with street maintenance, from Anglo-Norman scawager, ... (14 of 33 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scavenger

New World Dictionary:

scavenger

Origin: Middle English scavager from Anglo-French scawage, inspection from Norman French escauwer, to inspect from Flemish scawen ... (16 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scavenger

Collins Dictionary:

scavenger

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Anglo-Norman scawager, from Old Norman French escauwage examination, from escauwer to scrutinize, of Germanic origin; related to Flemish scauwen

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scavenger

Encarta Dictionary:

scavenger | scavengers [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Alteration of scavager, former official whose responsibilities included street-cleaning from Anglo-Norman scawager from Flemish scauwen "look at"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702130​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

scavenger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scavenger"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scavenger

Cambridge Dictionary:

scavenger

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "scavenger"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "scavenger"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/scavenger

the Free Dictionary:

scavenger

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "scavenger"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "scavenger"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "scavenger" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/scavenger

Google Dictionary:

scavenger | scavengers [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "scavenger"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=scavenger

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

scavenger

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scavenger"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=scaven​02 word=scavenger

YourDictionary Audio:

scavenger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scavenger" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scavenger

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