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gill net

[gil] /gɪl/
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
1790-1800
An Americanism dating back to 1790-1800
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gill net

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