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.
Origin of pound net
An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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The waters abound in fish, but we have a pound-net which supplies us with all we can eat.Comrades
At one pound-net fishery in Provincetown he saw enough salmon to fill two sugar barrels.
a fishing trap having an arrangement of standing nets directing the fish into an enclosed net
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