from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A net the mouth of which may be drawn close with cords, or closed quickly in any way. See cut under purse-seine.
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Spread a large purse-net and dump the catch - and the bye-catch - into Gitmo.
"This ceremony also performed, a Huntsman cometh into the Hall, with a fox and a purse-net; with a cat, both bound at the end of a staff; and with them nine or ten couple of hounds, with the blowing of hunting hornes.