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skae v@nj

transitive verb
1.  to look through in the hope of finding something usable.
The boys scavenged the dump for car parts.

2.  to find or gather by searching, esp. through refuse.
They scavenged any food they could find from the bins behind the restaurant.

3.  to gather garbage from; cleanse.
Seagulls scavenged the area near the docks.

intransitive verb
to search through refuse for food or usable objects.
The bears were scavenging for food in the campground.

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