beachcomber

 /ˈbiːtʃˌkəʊmə/

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
beach•comb•er /ˈbitʃˌkoʊmɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who gathers or collects for sale items from beaches, like driftwood, shells, etc.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
beach•comb•er  (bēchkō′mər), 
n. 
  1. a person who lives by gathering salable articles of jetsam, refuse, etc., from beaches.
  2. a vagrant who lives on the seashore, esp. a nonnative person living in such a way on a South Pacific island.
  3. a long wave rolling in from the ocean onto the beach.
Etymology:
  • beach + comber 1830–40


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

beachcomber /ˈbiːtʃˌkəʊmə/ n
  1. a person who searches shore debris for anything of worth, esp a vagrant living on a beach
  2. Canadian (in British Columbia) a person who is paid for salvaging loose logs and returning them to logging companies
  3. a long high wave rolling onto a beach



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