from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long, bag-shaped fishing net held open by hoops.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of fish-trap consisting of tubular nets that are supported by hoops.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A long bag net distended by hoops, into which fish can pass easily, without being able to return; -- called also fyke net.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See fike.
- n. A kind of fish-trap, consisting of a bag-net distended by hoops; a bow-net.
A fyke is a fishnet, with long wings on each side; in shape like a nightcap with ear lappets; in mechanism like a rat-trap.
Barely 1,000 men here still fish for silver eel, with bag-shaped "fyke" nets or old-fashioned traps, and for glass eel with special dip nets - though glass eel fishing, centred on the rivers Severn, Wye and Parrett in the south-west, can be an exceedingly lucrative business.
He spoke of fyke-nets and drag-nets and warp-lines, and of eel-spearing through the ice.
Wha can do nought but fyke an 'fumble, [fuss]' Twad been nae plea; [grievance]
Then I had to swim again after the boat and row after the fyke, and finally was glad to get my net on dry land, where I left it for a week in the sun.
The stupid fish come downstream, and, rubbing their noses against the wings, follow the curve toward the fyke and swim into the trap.
I got the loose end fastened to the boat, and found it impossible to row back against the tide with the fyke.
I drove the stakes in the mud, spread the fyke in the boat, tied the end of one wing to the stake, and cast the whole into the water.
Then I jumped out of the boat to save the fyke, and the boat got away.
There was a sair fyke in the beginning, but the governor, seeing him resolved, gied him his discharge, and he went and dwallt and merried in North Berwick, and had aye a gude name with honest folk free that day on.