from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A three-pronged spear used in fishing.
- transitive verb To spear (a fish) with a leister.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A barbed spear having three or more prongs, for striking and taking fish; a salmon-spear. Also called
- To strike or take with a leister.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Scotland A spear armed with three or more prongs, for striking fish.
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- noun a
speararmed with threeor more barbed prongs for catching fish
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- noun a spear with three or more prongs; used for spearing fish (especially salmon)
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
It does not fall to the lot of all men to handle with equal dexterity the brush, the pen, and the rod -- to say nothing of the rifle -- still less of the leister, under cloud of night.
This leister (or waster) was cast by hand at fish lying in not too deep water -- generally, in fact, when they were on the spawning beds.
It, too, had five single-barbed prongs, but these were all of equal length, and the wooden handle of this implement was straight, and very much longer than that of the throwing leister; sixteen feet was no unusual length for the handle of the former weapon.
Bait fishing for salmon, and the darker, though torch-illumined, mysteries of the leister, occupy the terminal chapters.
Now this clodding waster (or leister) was a possession of which Tam was inordinately proud; amongst his friends its temper and penetrating power were proverbial.
Nevertheless, there was in that, too, a strong element of excitement, for the weapon used, the clodding or throwing leister, required no mean skill in the using.
Yet when anon he came to cast this leister at the muckle kipper, "the 14 lb. waster stottit off his back as if he had been a bag o 'wool."
The leister used in "sunning" or in "burning the water" differed somewhat in shape from the weapon with which Tam Purdie secured his big kipper.
This throwing leister was a heavy spear, or rather a heavy "graip," having five single-barbed prongs of unequal length but regularly graduated.
A three-tae'd leister on the ither [- toed fish-spear]