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gill net

[gil] /gɪl/
a curtainlike net, suspended vertically in the water, with meshes of such a size as to catch by the gills a fish that has thrust its head through.
Origin of gill net
1790-1800, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They were dead, choked to death by the fine threads of a gill-net.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • By-and-by men came in boats, and hauled up the gill-net and the helpless salmon that had become entangled in it.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • Two young fellows stretched a gill-net across the mouth of the creek.

    The Silent Places Steward Edward White
  • One gill-net day is equivalent to one gill net, 200 yards long, operated for 24 hours.

  • Served through it all, then came back here to live on the birds and fish he can get with a light rifle and a gill-net.

    Riddle of the Storm Roy J. Snell
  • Red was to box three rounds with a man named Tomingo, a dark-faced foreigner who piloted a gill-net boat.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • “Only one of the gill-net boats returning to the cannery,” was the answer.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • When a large fish is meshed in a gill-net, the floats by their agitation advertise the fact.

British Dictionary definitions for gill-net

gill net

(fishing) a net suspended vertically in the water to trap fish by their gills in its meshes
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