Related formspurse seiner, noun

purse seine

  1. a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the lower edge of the net.
  2. a technique of fishing that utilizes a purse seine to capture large schools of fish, especially tuna.

Origin of purse seine

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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Historical Examples of purse-seine

  • I've seen something like this once, when a purse-seine was hauled.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

  • But at last he grew accustomed to the tall immovable stakes in the channel which supported the purse-seine.

    Neighbors Unknown

    Charles G. D. Roberts

British Dictionary definitions for purse-seine

purse seine

  1. a large net towed, usually by two boats, that encloses a school of fish and is then closed at the bottom by means of a line resembling the string formerly used to draw shut the neck of a money pouch or purse
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Word Origin and History for purse-seine

1870; see purse (n.) + seine.

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