gill net

[ gil ]
/ gɪl /
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noun

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

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
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gill net

/ (ɡɪl) /

noun

fishing a net suspended vertically in the water to trap fish by their gills in its meshes
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