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- n. A toll or duty anciently exacted from merchant strangers by mayors, sheriffs, etc. for goods offered for sale within their precincts.
- v. To act as a scavenger.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A toll or duty formerly exacted of merchant strangers by mayors, sheriffs, etc., for goods shown or offered for sale within their precincts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A toll or duty anciently exacted from merchant strangers by mayors, sheriffs, etc., for goods offered for sale within their precincts.
- To act as a scavenger: used only or chiefly in the derived form scavaging.
From Middle English scavage, schevage, schewage, from Old French *scavage, escavage, escauwage, alteration of earlier escauvinghe ("scavage"), from Middle English shewing, schewing ("inspection, examination, show"), from Old English scēawung ("a looking at, seeing, contemplation, consideration, respect, regard, reconnoitering, surveying, inspection, examination, scrutiny, a spectacle, show, appearance, pretence, a showing, exhibiting, manifestation, toll on exposure of goods"), equivalent to show + -ing. (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from scavager. (Wiktionary)