A hunter-gatherer is a member of a group of people who survive by hunting animals and foraging. The term, which originated in anthropological writings of the early 1960s, has a hyphen, not a virgule or a comma. The plural is hunter-gatherers.
It works as a phrasal adjective (e.g., a hunter-gatherer society), but it’s awkward as a verb. Instead of constructions like (1) “they hunted-gathered” and (2) “they transitioned from hunting-gathering to agriculture,” go with (1) “they hunted and gathered” and (2) “they transitioned from hunting and gathering to agriculture.”
Dunbar has found 150 to be the sweet spot for hunter-gatherer societies all over the world. [NPR]
[Y]ou can swell with all the pride of a hunter-gatherer who has brought home a fresh kill for her young. [Telegraph]
More than 1,000 Penan hunter-gatherers will be taken from their rainforest home and dumped in a vast oil palm plantation. [Survival International]
Jack Black has hunted and gathered in Sodom, donned the cape of a Mexican wrestler and been tied down by a thousand Lilliputians. [Los Angeles Times]
There’s just something about hunting and gathering in the great coastal outdoors – in that dreamy ocean air. [Oregon Coast Beach Connection]