from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of tong.
- v. The action of seizing, grabbing, holding, or manipulating a given object with tongs.
- v. The action of seizing an object with tongs for the purpose of pictorially documenting the event.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In lumbering, handling logs with skidding-tongs.
- n. The use of the oyster-tongs; the method or practice of taking oysters with tongs.
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They call that 'tonging' oysters, an 'the thing he uses is called the' tongs. '"
It instead opted for a limited tonging season, a much more laborious process of culling oysters from the sea floor by hand using a rake.
On Monday at around 11:15 a.m., NRP officers watched as two boats hand tonging for oysters in the Possum Point Oyster Sanctuary of the Corsica River in Queen Anne County.
“Do, darling,” said Mummy, as well as she could with someone applying lip gloss and someone else tonging her hair.
My father was smoking his _doodeen_ in the chimney corner, my mother was overseeing the girls that were tonging the flax, and I and the other _gossoons_ were doing nothing at all, only roasting _praties_ in the ashes.
Switzerland speaks of the method of tonging oysters in 1701, but note that he says, "They usually pull from six to ten times."
He says there were 1000 boats engaged in dredging and 1500 canoes engaged in tonging.
A large coast-bound caravan, carrying ivory tusks with double-toned bells suspended to them, ting-tonging as they moved along, was met on the way; and as some of the pagazis composing it were men who had formerly taken me to the Victoria N'yanza, warm recognitions passed between us.
Other options could be to have a limited season, allow both dredging and tonging but with restricted sack limits, or perhaps not allow dredging.
An agency called Experience PEI provides a sort of one-stop shopping for a range of activities, including the two I missed - oyster tonging and digging for giant clams.