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scavenge

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈskæv.ɪndʒ/ us  
to look for or get food or other objects in other people's rubbish: The flood has left villagers and animals desperately scavenging for food. We managed to scavenge a lot of furniture from the local rubbish dump. If a wild animal scavenges, it feeds on the flesh of dead decaying animals.
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