American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long, bag-shaped fishing net held open by hoops.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See fike.
- n. A kind of fish-trap, consisting of a bag-net distended by hoops; a bow-net. The trap is set in water about 10 feet deep at high tide. The fish coming from either direction are led to the trap by a leader running from the shore. The outer openings are formed on a hoop from 3 to 6 feet in diameter; they have two or three funnels, similar to those of an eel- or lobsterpot, and gradually decrease in size. The whole trap is about 10 feet long. It is largely used in New York and Connecticut waters.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A long bag net distended by hoops, into which fish can pass easily, without being able to return; -- called also
- Dutch fuik, from Middle Dutch fūke. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A fyke is a fishnet, with long wings on each side; in shape like a nightcap with ear lappets; in mechanism like a rat-trap.”
“Barely 1,000 men here still fish for silver eel, with bag-shaped "fyke" nets or old-fashioned traps, and for glass eel with special dip nets - though glass eel fishing, centred on the rivers Severn, Wye and Parrett in the south-west, can be an exceedingly lucrative business.”
“He spoke of fyke-nets and drag-nets and warp-lines, and of eel-spearing through the ice.”
“Wha can do nought but fyke an 'fumble, [fuss]' Twad been nae plea; [grievance]”
“Then I had to swim again after the boat and row after the fyke, and finally was glad to get my net on dry land, where I left it for a week in the sun.”
“The stupid fish come downstream, and, rubbing their noses against the wings, follow the curve toward the fyke and swim into the trap.”
“I got the loose end fastened to the boat, and found it impossible to row back against the tide with the fyke.”
“I drove the stakes in the mud, spread the fyke in the boat, tied the end of one wing to the stake, and cast the whole into the water.”
“Then I jumped out of the boat to save the fyke, and the boat got away.”
“There was a sair fyke in the beginning, but the governor, seeing him resolved, gied him his discharge, and he went and dwallt and merried in North Berwick, and had aye a gude name with honest folk free that day on.”
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