from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In bee-keeping, a woven-wire basket attached to a long handle, used to trap a swarm of bees which has escaped from a hive.
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N.Y. He calls it a swarm-catcher; he has a half dozen of them, and says he would not do without for one season, for fifty dollars, as he has a large apiary.