from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A trawl; a boulter.
  • n. The mode of fishing with a boulter or spiller.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trawl; a boulter; the mode of fishing with a boulter or spiller.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mode of fishing for cod, by stringing a number of hooks on one line, practised on the Newfoundland banks.


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  • "The French outfitted their Terre-Neuve fleets with longlines, otherwise known as trawl lines, setlines, or bultows. Until then, the principal technique for cod fishing throughout the North Atlantic had been handlining.... Records show the British sic used longlines off of Iceland in 1482, and they may have been used earlier...."

    —Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (New York: Penguin, 1997), 118

    July 16, 2009