American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A three-pronged spear used in fishing.
- v. To spear (a fish) with a leister.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A barbed spear having three or more prongs, for striking and taking fish; a salmon-spear. Also called waster.
- To strike or take with a leister.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Scotland A spear armed with three or more prongs, for striking fish.
- n. a spear with three or more prongs; used for spearing fish (especially salmon)
- Probably from Old Norse ljōstr, from ljōsta, to strike; see leu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Yet when anon he came to cast this leister at the muckle kipper, "the 14 lb. waster stottit off his back as if he had been a bag o 'wool.”
“It, too, had five single-barbed prongs, but these were all of equal length, and the wooden handle of this implement was straight, and very much longer than that of the throwing leister; sixteen feet was no unusual length for the handle of the former weapon.”
“The leister used in "sunning" or in "burning the water" differed somewhat in shape from the weapon with which Tam Purdie secured his big kipper.”
“Nevertheless, there was in that, too, a strong element of excitement, for the weapon used, the clodding or throwing leister, required no mean skill in the using.”
“This leister (or waster) was cast by hand at fish lying in not too deep water -- generally, in fact, when they were on the spawning beds.”
“Now this clodding waster (or leister) was a possession of which Tam was inordinately proud; amongst his friends its temper and penetrating power were proverbial.”
“This throwing leister was a heavy spear, or rather a heavy "graip," having five single-barbed prongs of unequal length but regularly graduated.”
“Bait fishing for salmon, and the darker, though torch-illumined, mysteries of the leister, occupy the terminal chapters.”
“It does not fall to the lot of all men to handle with equal dexterity the brush, the pen, and the rod -- to say nothing of the rifle -- still less of the leister, under cloud of night.”
“A three-tae'd leister on the ither [- toed fish-spear]”
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