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pound net

  1. a trap for catching fish, consisting of a system of nets staked upright in the water and a rectangular enclosure or pound from which escape is impossible.
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Origin of pound net

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Historical Examples of pound net

  • The waters abound in fish, but we have a pound-net which supplies us with all we can eat.


    Thomas Dixon

  • At one pound-net fishery in Provincetown he saw enough salmon to fill two sugar barrels.

British Dictionary definitions for pound net

pound net

  1. a fishing trap having an arrangement of standing nets directing the fish into an enclosed net
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