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purse seine

a large seine, for use generally by two boats, that is drawn around a school of fish and then closed at the bottom by means of a line passing through rings attached along the lower edge of the net.
a technique of fishing that utilizes a purse seine to capture large schools of fish, especially tuna.
Origin of purse seine
1865-70, Americanism


[purs-seyn] /ˈpɜrsˌseɪn/
verb (used without object), purse-seined, purse-seining.
to fish using a purse seine.
Related forms
purse seiner, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The gill-netters hung on the seiner's heels, because where the purse seine could get a haul so could they.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The light, once used for night purse seine fishing, was powered by a carbon arc.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
British Dictionary definitions for purse seine

purse seine

a large net towed, usually by two boats, that encloses a school of fish and is then closed at the bottom by means of a line resembling the string formerly used to draw shut the neck of a money pouch or purse
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Word Origin and History for purse seine



1870; see purse (n.) + seine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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