Definitions

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  • n. A contraption made of wires, rods, fishing-net or other suitable materials with the purpose of catching fish alive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trap for catching fish.

Etymologies

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Compound of fish and trap.

Examples

  • When we grumbled Big-Fat arose, and with the voice of God said that God had chosen the wise men to own the land and the goats and the fish-trap, and the fire-brew, and that without these wise men we would all be animals, as in the days when we lived in trees.

    THE STRENGTH OF THE STRONG

  • If the man who first found the virtue and use of fire had used his strength we would have been his slaves, as we are the slaves to-day of Little-Belly, who found the virtue and use of the fish-trap; and of the men who found the virtue and use of the land, and the goats, and the fire-brew.

    THE STRENGTH OF THE STRONG

  • I worked on the fish-trap, getting a string of money every five days.

    THE STRENGTH OF THE STRONG

  • No man had ever seen or dreamed a fish-trap before.

    THE STRENGTH OF THE STRONG

  • Inside the mouth of the river, after the sand-bar had combed the strength of the breakers, he built a big fish-trap.

    THE STRENGTH OF THE STRONG

  • There was only one other place in the river for a fish-trap, but, when my father and I and a dozen other men started to make a very large trap, the guards came from the big grass-house we had built for Dog-Tooth.

    THE STRENGTH OF THE STRONG

  • Such the dream that has ever vexed men, from those early ones who first usurped a hunting right, monopolized a sandbar for a fish-trap, or stormed a village and put the males thereof to the sword.

    THE TEARS OF AH KIM

  • And now, he said, the tribe was not getting stronger, but was getting weaker, because there were men with another kind of strength that were hurting the tribe — men who had the strength of the land, like Three-Legs; who had the strength of the fish-trap, like Little-Belly; who had the strength of all the goat-meat, like Pig-Jaw.

    THE STRENGTH OF THE STRONG

  • Three men on the fish-trap got more fish than the whole tribe before there was

    THE STRENGTH OF THE STRONG

  • In still water, a fish-trap is employed of the same shape and plan as the common round wire mouse-trap, which has an opening surrounded with wires pointing inward.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

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