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deadfall

[ded-fawl] /ˈdɛdˌfɔl/
noun
1.
a trap, especially for large game, in which a weight falls on and crushes the prey.
2.
a mass of brush and fallen trees.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; dead + fall
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  • Forests might be strewn with deadfall or thickets of stunted trees.
  • Gators, snakes and turtles sun themselves on deadfall and low branches, while fox squirrel and monkeys play in trees.
  • Studies have shown that larger deadfall last in the lake for hundreds of years.
  • deadfall trees are not cut out of the trails unless going around them will cause unacceptable environmental impacts.
  • Avoid rummaging through deadfall and brush piles, since snakes often use them as hiding places.
  • Watch for obstructions such as log jams and deadfall trees that may require portaging around.
  • All other traps and trap uses, including deadfall traps are unlawful, regardless of the intended species.
  • Keep a watch for log jams and deadfall trees that may require portaging around.
  • Look for obstructions such as log jams and deadfall trees that may require portaging around.
  • Currents in this reach are slow to moderate, slowing in areas where amounts of deadfall have reduced the flow rate.
British Dictionary definitions for deadfall

deadfall

/ˈdɛdˌfɔːl/
noun
1.
a type of trap, used esp for catching large animals, in which a heavy weight falls to crush the prey Also called downfall
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