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noun Hudson and Delaware Valleys.
  1. a bag-shaped fish trap.
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Origin of fyke

1825–35, Americanism; < Dutch fuik, Middle Dutch fuycke; cognate with Old Frisian fūcke
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Historical Examples of fyke

  • Then I jumped out of the boat to save the fyke, and the boat got away.

    Little Masterpieces of American Wit and Humor


  • What are ye in sic a fyke for aboot the tenth and the tenth?


    S. R. Crockett

  • Nor was the fyke of impotent preparation within the walls of the castle better.

  • I got the loose end fastened to the boat, and found it impossible to row back against the tide with the fyke.

  • A fyke is a fishnet, with long wings on each side; in shape like a nightcap with ear lappets; in mechanism like a rat-trap.

British Dictionary definitions for fyke


  1. US a fish trap consisting of a net suspended over a series of hoops, laid horizontally in the water
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Word Origin for fyke

C19: from Middle Dutch fuycke
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