Scavenger beetle(Zoöl.), any beetle which feeds on decaying substances, as the carrion beetle. Scavenger crab(Zoöl.), any crab which feeds on dead animals, as the spider crab.Scavenger's daughter[corrupt. of Skevington's daughter], an instrument of torture invented by Sir W. Skevington, which so compressed the body as to force the blood to flow from the nostrils, and sometimes from the hands and feet. Am. Cyc.

(||Sca"zon) n. [L., fr. Gr. ska`zwn, fr. ska`zein to limp.] (Lat. Pros.) A choliamb.

(Scel"er*at) n. [F. scélérat from L. sceleratus, p. p. of scelerare to pollute, from scelus, sceleris, a crime.] A villain; a criminal. [Obs.] Cheyne.

(Sce*les"tic) a. [L. scelestus, from scelus wickedness.] Evil; wicked; atrocious. [Obs.] "Scelestic villainies." Feltham.

(Scel"et) n. [See Skeleton.] A mummy; a skeleton. [Obs.] Holland.

(||Sce"na) n. [It.] (Mus.) (a) A scene in an opera. (b) An accompanied dramatic recitative, interspersed with passages of melody, or followed by a full aria. Rockstro.

(||Sce*na"ri*o) n. [It.] A preliminary sketch of the plot, or main incidents, of an opera.

(Scen"a*ry) n. [Cf. L. scaenarius belonging to the stage.] Scenery. [Obs.] Dryden.

(Scene) n. [L. scaena, scena, Gr. skhnh` a covered place, a tent, a stage.]

1. The structure on which a spectacle or play is exhibited; the part of a theater in which the acting is done, with its adjuncts and decorations; the stage.

2. The decorations and fittings of a stage, representing the place in which the action is supposed to go on; one of the slides, or other devices, used to give an appearance of reality to the action of a play; as, to paint scenes; to shift the scenes; to go behind the scenes.

3. So much of a play as passes without change of locality or time, or important change of character; hence, a subdivision of an act; a separate portion of a play, subordinate to the act, but differently determined in different plays; as, an act of four scenes.

My dismal scene I needs must act alone.

4. The place, time, circumstance, etc., in which anything occurs, or in which the action of a story, play, or the like, is laid; surroundings amid which anything is set before the imagination; place of occurrence, exhibition, or action. "In Troy, there lies the scene." Shak.

The world is a vast scene of strife.
J. M. Mason.

Scavage to Schiller

(Scav"age) n. [LL. scavagium, fr. AS. sceáwian to look at, to inspect. See Show.] (O. Eng. Law) A toll or duty formerly exacted of merchant strangers by mayors, sheriffs, etc., for goods shown or offered for sale within their precincts. Cowell.

(Scav"enge) v. t. To cleanse, as streets, from filth. C. Kingsley.

(Scav"en*ger) n. [OE. scavager an officer with various duties, originally attending to scavage, fr. OE. & E. scavage. See Scavage, Show, v.] A person whose employment is to clean the streets of a city, by scraping or sweeping, and carrying off the filth. The name is also applied to any animal which devours refuse, carrion, or anything injurious to health.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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