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poach

verb  /poʊtʃ/ us  

poach verb (COOK)

[T] to cook something in water or another liquid that is almost boiling: poached eggs

poach verb (TAKE ILLEGALLY)

[I/T] to catch or kill an animal without permission on someone else’s property, or to kill animals illegally to get valuable parts of them: [T] Anybody you see with a piece of ivory has poached it. [I] Foreign fishing boats were caught poaching offshore.
poacher
noun [C]  /ˈpoʊ·tʃər/ us  
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