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Definition of Body Snatcher

A robber of grave-worms.  One who supplies the young physicians with that with which the old physicians have supplied the undertaker.  The hyena.
  'One night,' a doctor said, 'last fall,
  I and my comrades, four in all,
      When visiting a graveyard stood
  Within the shadow of a wall.

  'While waiting for the moon to sink
  We saw a wild hyena slink
      About a new-made grave, and then
  Begin to excavate its brink!

  'Shocked by the horrid act, we made
  A sally from our ambuscade,
      And, falling on the unholy beast,
  Dispatched him with a pick and spade.'

Bettel K. Jhones

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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