from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mech., a screen or net used in water-pipes to prevent the entrance of fish which might otherwise pass into machines and clog their valves.


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  • Harper, who loved birds, watched them, but not so closely that he did not see the twisted rope handle of an eel-trap.

    Sharpe's Siege Cornwell, Bernard 1987

  • Thus at Mottisfont Abbey on the Test an old mill stream is used to work an hydraulic ram, and also to supply eels for the house; the water is diverted into the eel-trap, and the fish taken at any time.

    The Naturalist on the Thames 1882

  • Mr. Bambridge says his experience is different, and his "advice to those about to fish" with this kind of eel-trap is suggestive of new ideas about eels.

    The Naturalist on the Thames 1882

  • Another dodge for taking eels, which is not in the nature of what is called a "fixed engine," is the movable eel-trap or "grig wheel."

    The Naturalist on the Thames 1882

  • The eel-trap on the old Thames mill stream is imitated in other places where there is no mill.

    The Naturalist on the Thames 1882

  • (Utricularia), a plant with pretty yellow flowers, growing in pools and slow streams, is so called because it bears a great number of bladders or utricles, each of which is a real miniature eel-trap, having an orifice guarded by a flap opening inwards which allows small water animals to enter, but prevents them from coming out again.

    The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live In John Lubbock 1873

  • They drew back from the eel-trap, Will leading the way, and made for a door in the huge shed, where the lantern was carefully extinguished and put on a ledge, before they stepped out into the dark night, the closing of the door behind them shutting in a good deal of the hollow roar, with its whispering echoes.

    Will of the Mill George Manville Fenn 1870

  • The first begins by weaving an eel-trap of pure silk and next encrusts the grains of sand inside; the second, a bolder architect, is economical of the silk envelope, confines itself to a hanging girdle and builds course by course.

    More Hunting Wasps Jean-Henri Fabre 1869

  • If the Scolia really works in the same manner, everything is explained: the eel-trap, while still open, enables it to soak with varnish both the inside and the outside of the inner shell, which has to acquire the consistency of parchment; lastly, the cap which completes and closes the structure leaves for the future a circular line capable of splitting easily and neatly.

    More Hunting Wasps Jean-Henri Fabre 1869

  • -- During the night the larva has spun its silken eel-trap.

    More Hunting Wasps Jean-Henri Fabre 1869


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