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pothunter (plural pothunters)
- A person who hunts animals for food (for the pot) rather than as sport.
- (sports, by extension) A person who competes solely to win prizes.
- (archaeology) An amateur archaeologist, especially one who seeks artifacts to sell without regard to their cultural importance.
2007 December 12, Anthony Depalma, “An Island in the Hudson, Plundered in Search of Indian Artifacts”, in New York Times:
- But hundreds, perhaps thousands of artifacts have been taken by amateur pothunters, whose activities can disturb the soil and ruin the chance of serious research.