Part of speech: noun

A street- cleaner; an animal that feeds on carrion.

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Usage examples "scavenger":

  1. Dives, the barbarian, whether in Jerusalem two thousand years ago, or in Boston to- day, lets the poor lie at his gate in indifference, at the mercy of every scavenger that may prey upon them. - "White Slaves", Louis A Banks.
  2. It is a very squalid tragedy,- that of the dying brutes and the scavenger birds. - "The Land Of Little Rain", Mary Hunter Austin.
  3. Not so: if we had only the rain as a scavenger we should be in a sorry plight. - "The History of London", Walter Besant.