from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gig or lance, often having more than one tine, for spearing fish through ice or from a boat.
  • noun A lance for bleeding captured whales.


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  • And there stood on the beach an elated, happy, self-satisfied family, though it possessed naught but two thin blankets, a fish-spear, the handle of a discarded umbrella. and a prayer book, soiled with grease and smoke!

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island 2003

  • Then is it wise to make opportunity and, equipped with a fish-spear and a canister to contain delicate specimens of marine fauna, use the two hours of the afternoon in pursuit of novelties.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island 2003

  • His right hand balanced with unstudied ease a long and slender fish-spear.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island 2003

  • To enjoy it to perfection, extricate the creature from his lurking place far down in the blue crevice of the coral, with a fish-spear.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber 2003

  • With a grunt of satisfaction it is impaled with a fish-spear and placed squirming on a rock to be battered to pulp with its prototype — a stone.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber 2003

  • It had been intended to secure the primitive fish-spear, as a specimen to illustrate the skill with which blacks are in the habit of seizing ready-to-hand material to meet the urgency of the occasion, but it was found that it had been used as part of the fuel to cook the fish.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island 2003

  • The card-players had indulged in imaginary gambling and real language to the tormenting of the soul of the righteous Peter, who had exhorted them to give up their bad habits and become Christians, until, driven to desperation by the jeers and the taunts of “Ba-bah!” he had let loose all his zeal and endeavoured to convert the heathen with the fish-spear unused yesterday, and with the might of a much-refreshed arm.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island 2003

  • Blacks are very careful to avoid touching it with anything shorter than a fish-spear, being of opinion that the poison resides in or on the skin, and that the flesh becomes impregnated when the skin is broken.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber 2003

  • They were about the size of flightless cormorants, and had the same long, snaky necks and fish-spear beaks.

    Galapagos Vonnegut, Kurt 1985

  • There was a wooden image of Poseidon on the rock, blue-bearded, holding a fish-spear and a horse's head.

    The King Must Die Renault, Mary, 1905-1983 1958


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