from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mech., a screen or net used in water-pipes to prevent the entrance of fish which might otherwise pass into machines and clog their valves.


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  • Harper, who loved birds, watched them, but not so closely that he did not see the twisted rope handle of an eel-trap.

    Sharpe's Siege

  • Thus at Mottisfont Abbey on the Test an old mill stream is used to work an hydraulic ram, and also to supply eels for the house; the water is diverted into the eel-trap, and the fish taken at any time.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • Mr. Bambridge says his experience is different, and his "advice to those about to fish" with this kind of eel-trap is suggestive of new ideas about eels.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • Another dodge for taking eels, which is not in the nature of what is called a "fixed engine," is the movable eel-trap or "grig wheel."

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • The eel-trap on the old Thames mill stream is imitated in other places where there is no mill.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • (Utricularia), a plant with pretty yellow flowers, growing in pools and slow streams, is so called because it bears a great number of bladders or utricles, each of which is a real miniature eel-trap, having an orifice guarded by a flap opening inwards which allows small water animals to enter, but prevents them from coming out again.

    The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live In

  • They drew back from the eel-trap, Will leading the way, and made for a door in the huge shed, where the lantern was carefully extinguished and put on a ledge, before they stepped out into the dark night, the closing of the door behind them shutting in a good deal of the hollow roar, with its whispering echoes.

    Will of the Mill

  • The first begins by weaving an eel-trap of pure silk and next encrusts the grains of sand inside; the second, a bolder architect, is economical of the silk envelope, confines itself to a hanging girdle and builds course by course.

    More Hunting Wasps

  • If the Scolia really works in the same manner, everything is explained: the eel-trap, while still open, enables it to soak with varnish both the inside and the outside of the inner shell, which has to acquire the consistency of parchment; lastly, the cap which completes and closes the structure leaves for the future a circular line capable of splitting easily and neatly.

    More Hunting Wasps

  • -- During the night the larva has spun its silken eel-trap.

    More Hunting Wasps


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