- a spearlike implement having three or more prongs, for use in spearing fish.
- to spear (fish) with a leister.
Origin of leister
1525–35; < Old Norse ljōstr salmon-spear, akin to ljōsta to strike
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Examples from the Web for leister
Leister, her Governor, called on the other colonies for aid.A short history of Rhode Island
George Washington Greene
He struck it with his barbed spear, called on Tweed a leister, and in a moment had it into his boat.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3)
The leister of which Master Pearson spoke is a three-pronged fork used for spearing fish.John Deane of Nottingham
Under all circumstances, to be quite candid, we remonstrate against the leister.
- a spear with three or more prongs for spearing fish, esp salmon
- (tr) to spear (a fish) with a leister
C16: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse ljōstr, from ljōsta to stab