a net, used esp by entomologists, that can be closed instantly by pulling a string
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Examples from the Web for clap-net

  • However, it may, perhaps, be necessary to describe how to make this machine or clap-net — fit only for dealers or exterminators.

    Practical Taxidermy|Montagu Browne
  • First, then, comes the ordinary "clap-net" of the London and provincial bird-catchers.

    Practical Taxidermy|Montagu Browne
  • The method of laying the clap-net is best described with the aid of a drawing (vide Fig. 5).

    Practical Taxidermy|Montagu Browne