Adjective "scavengers" definition and examples

(Scavengers may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈskavɪn(d)ʒə/

Definitions and examples

noun

An animal that feeds on carrion, dead plant material, or refuse.
  1. 'foxes are great scavengers'
  2. 'It is pointless to note that incisions to a carcass by the teeth of predators or scavengers often resemble knife cuts.'
  3. 'The destruction of nests discourages infestations by dermestid beetles and other insect scavengers which could move to other household items.'
  4. 'Land crabs are nocturnal scavengers that climb trees, enter holes and are the invertebrate ecological equivalent of rats.'
  5. 'Experts on the red kite - a spectacular bird with a wingspan of up to 6ft - say it is essentially a scavenger which feeds on carrion rather than attacking sheep or game birds.'
  6. 'The omnivorous scavengers could find food sources virtually anywhere and could survive without human care in the proper environment.'
  7. 'In ancient times this was done by carrying the body to a high hilltop, leaving it bare for nature's scavengers to feed on.'
  8. 'Primarily a carnivore the wolverine captures most of its prey, though it is also an extensive scavenger, eating quantities of carrion.'
  9. 'There were the small herbivores and scavengers and hunters scuttling in the undergrowth, hiding from the larger predators who occasioned down from the heights.'
  10. 'When the bison slaughter rose to its height, wolves and other scavengers thrived on the availability of carrion, and wolf numbers probably spiked briefly.'
  11. 'Their island-home always seemed to be inhabited by great black birds - ravens, crows, scavengers of all sorts.'
A person who searches for and collects discarded items.
  1. 'Although the scavengers could also collect organic trash that can be transformed into organic fertilizer, most of them are loath to touch the putrifying garbage.'
  2. 'Telephone and electric lines drooped in useless loops from poles and then disappeared entirely where scavengers had picked them clean.'
  3. 'Before the stallholders could even open the boot, scavengers were on the back seat searching for tarnished gold.'
  4. 'Each scavenger could collect about 14 kilograms of plastic waste per day.'
  5. 'According to Alamsyah, most of the squatters in the area work as garbage men, scavengers and do other odd jobs.'
  6. 'Only scavengers came regularly to collect discarded plastic and steel.'
  7. 'Peddlers also performed an ecological function as consummate street scavengers, collectors, and recycling artists.'
  8. 'He is a scavenger who collects waste paper.'
A person employed to clean the streets.
    A substance that reacts with and removes particular molecules, groups, etc.
    1. 'Free radical scavengers, however, do not completely prevent the loss of diaphragmatic force associated with delayed injury, indicating that other mechanisms are involved.'
    2. 'Whenever the antioxidants are present, antioxidant enzyme activity and scavengers of the free radical will be induced to prevent the oxidative damage.'
    3. 'Low levels of natural antioxidants in pancreatitis indicate their increased utilization as scavengers of free radicals.'

    More definitions

    1. an animal or other organism that feeds on dead organic matter.

    2. a person who searches through and collects items from discarded material.

    3. a street cleaner.

    4. Chemistry. a chemical that consumes or renders inactive the impurities in a mixture.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "shacks can be scavengers."

    "pickings can be scavengers."

    "people can be scavengers."

    "margins can be scavengers."

    "looks can be scavengers."

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    Origin

    (scavenger)Mid 16th century: alteration of earlier scavager, from Anglo-Norman French scawager, from Old Northern French escauwer ‘inspect’, from Flemish scauwen ‘to show’. The term originally denoted an officer who collected scavage, a toll on foreign merchants' goods offered for sale in a town, later a person who kept the streets clean.