• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scavenger-crab any crab which feeds on decaying animal matter
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. scavager, an inspector of goods for sale, and also of the streets; from scavage, duty on goods for sale—A.S. sceawian, to inspect; cf. Show.


In literature:

Lobsters, crabs and shrimps are called "sea scavengers," and unless absolutely fresh are not a desirable food.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
The crabs are the spider-formed scavengers of the sea.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The crabs, I was informed, were excellent scavengers, and consumed all the cook's refuse.
"The Cruise of the 'Alerte'" by E. F. Knight