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DictionaryData from Oxford LanguagesLook it upWe couldn't find a definition. Try searching the web forscav·enge[ˈskavənj]✕PlayVERBscavenging (present participle)
ORIGINmid 17th century (in the sense ‘clean out (dirt)’): back-formation from scavenger.Translate scavenge toNo translation found.Your Recent SearchesWords you've searched will appear hereMore definitions and word origin
- search for and collect (anything usable) from discarded waste:"people sell junk scavenged from the garbage" · "the city dump where the squatters scavenge to survive"
- (of an animal) search for (carrion) as food.
- search for discarded items or food in (a place):"the mink is still commonly seen scavenging the beaches of California"
- remove (combustion products) from the cylinder of an internal combustion engine on the return stroke of the piston.
- chemistrycombine with and remove (molecules, groups, etc.) from a particular medium:"chlorine molecules can scavenge ozone at a very fast rate"
WebScavengers are animals that consume dead organisms that have died from causes other than predation or have been killed by other predators.  While scavenging generally refers to carnivores feeding on carrion, it is also a …