from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A net so formed as to sweep the bottom of a river.
  • n. A form of net used to bail out fish collected in a pound; also, a small hand-net, used for catching bait; a scap-net.


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  • On the 16th, Omai, being on shore with the captain, caught with a scoop-net, in a very short time, as much fish as served the whole party for dinner, besides sending a quantity to both the ships.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • He lays his big scoop-net an 'his sack -- we can see it half full already -- down behind a boulder, and takes a good squinting look all round, and listens maybe twenty minutes, he's that cute, same's a coyote stealing sheep.

    The Passing of Cock-Eye Blacklock

  • He also told us of the steamer Cambria's getting aground on his shore a few months before we were there, and of her English passengers who roamed over his grounds, and who, he said, thought the prospect from the high hill by the shore "the most delightsome they had ever seen," and also of the pranks which the ladies played with his scoop-net in the ponds.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • They had a lot of fun, but caught no crabs, until Dick went back to the _Irene_ for a scoop-net and a bucket, which he soon filled with the crustaceans.

    Dick in the Everglades

  • Facts are against him, though; and it is well understood by his friends that the fish was first taken by some poaching rascal with a scoop-net, and subsequently hooked by the angler with a five-dollar Greenback Fly.

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 06, May 7, 1870

  • He lays his big scoop-net an 'his sack -- we can see it half full already -- down behind

    A Deal in Wheat and Other Stories of the New and Old West

  • I take de big scoop-net an 'I'll come up here for see if I'll be able for scoop some fish on Jawnny Leroi's platform.

    Old Man Savarin and Other Stories

  • When he wiped his nose with a handkerchief like a scoop-net, some shells and pebbles fell from his pocket, and his ears flapped like a pair of ventrals.

    Tales of the Chesapeake

  • At one place, Cape Thompson, Eskimo were seen catching birds from a high cliff with a kind of scoop-net, and I saw birds at Herald island refuse to move when pelted with stones, so unaccustomed were they to the presence of man.

    The First Landing on Wrangel Island With Some Remarks on the Northern Inhabitants

  • He cracked a couple of clams, one against the other; tied the fleshy part firmly to the ends of the cords; tied a bit of shell on, a foot or so from the end, for a sinker; handed one to Ford; took the other himself, and laid the long-handled scoop-net he had brought with him down between them, saying:

    St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9


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