• WordNet 3.6
    • v poach cook in a simmering liquid "poached apricots"
    • v poach hunt illegally "people are poaching elephants for their ivory"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Poach To become soft or muddy. "Chalky and clay lands . . . chap in summer, and poach in winter."
    • Poach To begin and not complete.
    • Poach To cook, as eggs, by breaking them into boiling water; also, to cook with butter after breaking in a vessel.
    • Poach To force, drive, or plunge into anything. "His horse poching one of his legs into some hollow ground."
    • Poach To make soft or muddy by trampling.
    • Poach To rob of game; to pocket and convey away by stealth, as game; hence, to plunder.
    • Poach To stab; to pierce; to spear, as fish.
    • v. i Poach To steal or pocket game, or to carry it away privately, as in a bag; to kill or destroy game contrary to law, especially by night; to hunt or fish unlawfully; as, to poach for rabbits or for salmon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • poach To poke; thrust; push; put.
    • poach To stab; pierce; spear: as, to poach fish.
    • poach To tread; break up or render slushy by frequent treading; mark with footprints.
    • poach To make a thrust in or as in sword-play.
    • poach To be penetrable, as soft muddy or marshy ground; be damp and swampy.
    • poach To intrude or encroach upon another's preserves for the purpose of stealing game; kill and carry off game in violation of law.
    • poach To trespass upon, especially for the purpose of killing and stealing game.
    • poach To cook by breaking the shell and dropping the contents whole into boiling water: said of eggs.
    • poach To gain an unfair advantage at the start of a race.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Poach pōch to dress eggs by breaking them into boiling water.
    • v.i Poach pōch to intrude on another's preserves in order to steal game
    • v.t Poach to steal game
    • v.t Poach pōch to stab: poke: to tread on, and make slushy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. pocher, to thrust or dig out with the fingers, to bruise (the eyes), F. pouce, thumb, L. pollex, and also E. poach, to cook eggs, to plunder, and poke, to thrust against
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pocher, to poke.


In literature:

Am I poaching on your preserve?
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
He tried to swallow the poached egg.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Boiled, baked, fried, poached, scrambled, omeletted?
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
A poached egg added to it is quite acceptable.
"Breakfast Dainties" by Thomas J. Murrey
On this serve six well-poached eggs.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
After a pause, "However," I said kindly, "you enjoy your letters and I will find what consolation and company I can in a poached egg.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, May 20, 1914" by Various
Fact had for once poached on the domains of fiction.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
He was poaching on the domain of the forest monarch.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Nothing more is said about poaching till much later, where Tom, the Water Baby, sees Grimes meet a poacher's death.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
When one looks through to find evidences of spiritual influence one finds instead prosecutions for poaching.
"Mediæval Wales" by A. G. Little
Luckily the Tennessee Shad was poaching in the village.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
Josh never poached but once.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
He was poaching on the domain of the forest monarch.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
At this evidence of poaching on his preserves, the big lynx's anger swelled hotly.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
When gravy begins to simmer, poach the eggs in it.
"The Khaki Kook Book" by Mary Kennedy Core
Still, sealers poaching up there have simply disappeared.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
Form into small balls, and poach in soup.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
Poached Egg on Whole-Wheat Toast.
"Ladies-In-Waiting" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
But he does not poach on the leader-writers' preserves, and his political programme is left hazy.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
There was formerly rigorous punishment of persons poaching game with blackened faces.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906" by Various

In poetry:

I wonder if the Eastern skies and Eastern odours seem
Familiar to that gipsy man as memories of a dream;
Does Tigris' flow stir ancient dreams from immemorial rest
Ere ever gipsy poached a trout of Itchen or of Test?
"The Gipsy Soldier" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Oil poaching , Ms Louis said, may sound like a preparation better suited to restaurants, but it is home-cook-friendly.
Unlike deep-frying, oil poaching entails cooking an ingredient at a low temperature until tender.
Richmond farmer boiling over poached potatoes.
Gently poach them in a moderate oven.
3 Once cooked, remove the chicken and reduce the poaching liquid to a saucy thickness.
I stumbled on the technique when I was looking for more traditional fish poaching methods that I figured might involve white wine and broth.
Allen's Poached Egg Salad PBS.
Deer hunting poached buck poached buck.
Cover, reduce the heat, and poach the eggs over the simmering sauce for 6 - 10 minutes, until they are just firm.
Bring a deep pot of water (or milk, wine, butter, stock, tomato sauce, sweet syrup or other flavorful poaching liquid) to a simmer.
State Fish and Wildlife agents are investigating the poaching of a moose in a popular hiking area near Spokane.
2 brothers suspected in Spokane moose poaching .
Poached Eggs With Mint and Yogurt.
A 51-year-old Michigan man faces a few charges for animal poaching .
"Anyone who saw any suspicious activity or has information should call Parks and Wildlife Officer Steve Cooley at 719-227-5284 or call a toll-free poaching tip line 1-877-265-6648," officials said.