- skavenger (obsolete)
From Middle English scavager, from Anglo-Norman scawageour (“one who had to do with scavage, inspector, tax collector”), from Old Northern French *scawage, escauwage (“scavage”), Old French *scavage, escavage, alteration of escauvinghe (compare also Medieval Latin scewinga, sceawinga), from Middle English schewing (“inspection, examination”), from Old English scēawung (“reconnoitering, surveying, inspection, examination, scrutiny”), equivalent to showing.
scavenger (plural scavengers)
- (obsolete) A street sweeper.
- Someone who scavenges, especially one who searches through rubbish for food or useful things.
- An animal that feeds on decaying matter such as carrion.
- (chemistry) A substance used to remove impurities from the air or from a solution.