Pronunciation: (skav'in-jur), [key]
1. an animal or other organism that feeds on dead organic matter.
2. a person who searches through and collects items from discarded material.
3. a street cleaner.
4. Chem.a chemical that consumes or renders inactive the impurities in a mixture.
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