deadfall

[ ded-fawl ]
/ ˈdɛdˌfɔl /

noun

a trap, especially for large game, in which a weight falls on and crushes the prey.
a mass of brush and fallen trees.

Origin of deadfall

First recorded in 1605–15; dead + fall
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deadfall

/ (ˈdɛdˌfɔːl) /

noun

a type of trap, used esp for catching large animals, in which a heavy weight falls to crush the preyAlso called: downfall

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