Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A kind of basket for catching eels, having fitted into the mouth a funnelshaped entrance, like that of a wire mouse-trap, composed of flexible willow rods converging inward to a point, so that the eels can easily force their way in, but cannot escape.
  • noun The homelyn ray, Raia maculata.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A boxlike structure with funnel-shaped traps for catching eels; an eelbuck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A device for catching eels; an eelbuck.

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Examples

  • It was most ingeniously secured at vacant hours, by a withe twisted in the handle of the door, and stakes set against the window shutters; so that though a thief might get in with perfect ease, he would find some embarrassment in getting out -- an idea most probably borrowed by the architect, Yost Van Houten, from the mystery of an eelpot.

    Legends That Every Child Should Know; a Selection of the Great Legends of All Times for Young People

  • It was most ingeniously secured at vacant hours, by a withe twisted in the handle of the door, and stakes set against the window shutters; so that though a thief might get in with perfect ease, he would find some embarrassment in getting out, -- an idea most probably borrowed by the architect, Yost Van Houten, from the mystery of an eelpot.

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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