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verb poach pronunciation in British English /pəʊtʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepoaching
past tensepoached
past participlepoached
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to cook an egg without its shell in water that is boiling gently
    1. a.
      to cook something in water, milk, or another liquid that is boiling gently
      Poach the chicken in white wine for 15 minutes.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to illegally catch or kill an animal, bird, or fish on someone elses property
    The two men were caught poaching lions on government land.


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