from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who uses a gill net to catch fish.
  • n. Nautical A boat used in fishing with gill nets.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who owns or uses gill-nets.


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  • He then worked full-time on a gill-netter for minimum wage and a share of the catch.

    Pressure Point

  • The gill-netter would take five hundred in one drift, come in to the cannery loaded to the guards, find himself up against a limit.

    Poor Man's Rock

  • Washington salmon battles had reached the point where a state officer shot a gill-netter who was illegally fishing off the Kitsap Peninsula.

    The Seattle Times

  • "even if," he says, "you discount the hate mail from spin-casters and the stray gill-netter."

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