WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
poach•er1  (pōchər), 
  1. a person who trespasses on private property, esp. to catch fish or game illegally.
  2. FishAlso called sea-poacher. any of several slender, marine fishes of the family Agonidae, found chiefly in deeper waters of the North Pacific, having the body covered with bony plates.
  • poach1 + -er1 1660–70

poach•er2  (pōchər), 
  1. Fooda pan having a tight-fitting lid and metal cups for steaming or poaching eggs.
  2. Foodany dish or pan used for poaching food, esp. a baking dish for poaching fish.
  • poach2 + -er1 1860–65

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
poach1 /poʊtʃ/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. to enter into (someone else's land) in order to hunt animals illegally: [no object]The men poaching in the game preserve were armed with machine guns.[+ object]poaching the Masai Mara in search of elephants.
  2. to hunt for (game or fish) illegally: [no object]The men who were poaching had enough money to bribe the game wardens.[+ object]They were poaching elephants using submachine guns.
  3. [+ object] to take without permission and use as one's own:The salesmen were poaching his favorite clients.
poach•er, n. [countable]

poach2 /poʊtʃ/USA pronunciation v. [+ object]

    Foodto cook (eggs, fish, etc.) in a hot liquid just below the boiling point.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

poacher /ˈpəʊtʃə/ n
  1. a person who illegally hunts game, fish, etc, on someone else's property
  2. poacher turned gamekeepersomeone whose occupation or behaviour is the opposite of what it previously was, such as a burglar who now advises on home security

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