scav·enge /ˈskævənʤ/ verb scav·engeng·es; scav·enged; scav·engeng·ing
1 of an animal :
to search for food to eat [no obj
] ▪ Rats scavenged in the trash.
— often + for ▪ The bears scavenged for food in the woods.
] ▪ The bears scavenged the woods for food.
to search through waste, junk, etc., for something that can be saved or used [no obj
] — often + for ▪ They scavenged for antiques at the flea market.
] ▪ He scavenged the town dump for automobile parts.
— scav·en·ger /ˈskævənʤɚ/ noun
, plural scav·en·gers