- a bag-shaped fish trap.
Origin of fyke
1825–35, Americanism; < Dutch fuik, Middle Dutch fuycke; cognate with Old Frisian fūcke
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Examples from the Web for fyke
Then I jumped out of the boat to save the fyke, and the boat got away.
What are ye in sic a fyke for aboot the tenth and the tenth?Lochinvar
S. R. Crockett
Nor was the fyke of impotent preparation within the walls of the castle better.Ringan Gilhaize
I got the loose end fastened to the boat, and found it impossible to row back against the tide with the fyke.
A fyke is a fishnet, with long wings on each side; in shape like a nightcap with ear lappets; in mechanism like a rat-trap.
- US a fish trap consisting of a net suspended over a series of hoops, laid horizontally in the water
C19: from Middle Dutch fuycke
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