scourer

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From Middle English scourer, skourer, scowrrere, equivalent to scour +‎ -er.

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scourer (plural scourers)

  1. A tool used to scour, usually used to clean cookware.
    A scourer may be in the form of a mesh (ball) of wires, a flat piece of a rough fabric, or a pad with a soft sponge-like side and a more abrasive side.
  2. Agent noun of scour; a person who scours.
  3. (obsolete) A rover or footpad; a prowling robber.
    • Macaulay
      in those days of highwaymen and scourers

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