[ lee-ster ]
/ ˈli stər /


a spearlike implement having three or more prongs, for use in spearing fish.

verb (used with object)

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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British Dictionary definitions for leister

/ (ˈliːstə) /


a spear with three or more prongs for spearing fish, esp salmon


(tr) to spear (a fish) with a leister

Word Origin for leister

C16: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse ljōstr, from ljōsta to stab
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