A term often used to describe a person or animal that patrols a beach in search of trinkets or food. To comb can mean "search thouroughly."

Beach" comb`er (&?;).

A long, curling wave rolling in from the ocean. See Comber. [Amer.]


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Beach comber. [Written also beach-comber.] (Naut.)

A vagrant seaman, usually of low character, who loiters about seaports, particularly on the shores and islands of the Pacific Ocean.

I was fortunate enough, however, to forgather with a Scotchman who was a beach-comber.
F. T. Bullen.


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