- a long, slender, cylindrical, flexible rod usually made of bamboo, steel, or fiberglass, for use with a reel and line in catching fish.
Compare fly rod.
Origin of fishing rod
First recorded in 1545–55
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Examples from the Web for fishing rod
Billy and Karl come in by the window, leaving a fishing-rod outside.Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
The boy had grabbed the fishing-rod, so that my rod and my eel went with them.
So I took my fishing-rod and flicked it at him, and there—I had caught the eel after all!
Even her hat, by the aid of a fishing-rod, had been recovered from the moat.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
"Here's your fishing-rod," she said, when I had released them and she had passed me my air-gun.
- a long tapered flexible pole, often in jointed sections, for use with a fishing line and, usually, a reel
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