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gill net

[gil]
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noun
  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    The Shadow Passes

    Roy J. Snell

  • 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.

  • Red was to box three rounds with a man named Tomingo, a dark-faced foreigner who piloted a gill-net boat.

    The Shadow Passes

    Roy J. Snell


British Dictionary definitions for gill net

gill net

noun
  1. fishing a net suspended vertically in the water to trap fish by their gills in its meshes
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