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[purs-seyn] /ˈpɜrsˌseɪn/
verb (used without object), purse-seined, purse-seining.
to fish using a purse seine.
Related forms
purse seiner, noun

purse seine

a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the lower edge of the net.
a technique of fishing that utilizes a purse seine to capture large schools of fish, especially tuna.
Origin of purse seine
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • I've seen something like this once, when a purse-seine was hauled.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • But at last he grew accustomed to the tall immovable stakes in the channel which supported the purse-seine.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for purse-seine

purse seine

a large net towed, usually by two boats, that encloses a school of fish and is then closed at the bottom by means of a line resembling the string formerly used to draw shut the neck of a money pouch or purse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for purse-seine

1870; see purse (n.) + seine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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