|Origin:||scavenger (16-21 centuries), from scavager 'tax collector, someone who cleans streets' (15-19 centuries), from scavage 'tax on goods sold' (15-19 centuries), from Old North French escauwage 'examination'|
scav‧enge [intransitive and transitive]
if an animal scavenges, it eats anything that it can find:
Pigs scavenged among the rubbish.
rats scavenging for food
if someone scavenges, they search through things that other people do not want for food or useful objects:
There are people who live in the dump and scavenge garbage for a living.
Women were scavenging for old furniture.
—scavenger noun [countable]
Foxes and other scavengers go through the dustbins.