- a curtainlike net, suspended vertically in the water, with meshes of such a size as to catch by the gills a fish that has thrust its head through.
Origin of gill net
An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for gill net
They were dead, choked to death by the fine threads of a gill-net.Forest Neighbors
William Davenport Hulbert
“Only one of the gill-net boats returning to the cannery,” was the answer.
By-and-by men came in boats, and hauled up the gill-net and the helpless salmon that had become entangled in it.Children's Literature
Charles Madison Curry
Served through it all, then came back here to live on the birds and fish he can get with a light rifle and a gill-net.Riddle of the Storm
Roy J. Snell
Red was to box three rounds with a man named Tomingo, a dark-faced foreigner who piloted a gill-net boat.
- fishing a net suspended vertically in the water to trap fish by their gills in its meshes
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