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  1. a spearlike implement having three or more prongs, for use in spearing fish.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to spear (fish) with a leister.
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Origin of leister

1525–35; < Old Norse ljōstr salmon-spear, akin to ljōsta to strike
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Historical Examples

  • 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 leister of which Master Pearson spoke is a three-pronged fork used for spearing fish.

  • Under all circumstances, to be quite candid, we remonstrate against the leister.

British Dictionary definitions for leister


  1. a spear with three or more prongs for spearing fish, esp salmon
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  1. (tr) to spear (a fish) with a leister
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Word Origin

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