Definition of Heligoland trap
: a large funnel-shaped structure of wire mesh opening into a smaller enclosure used for trapping birds (as for banding)
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Origin and Etymology of heligoland trap
from Heligoland (Helgoland), island in the North sea; from its original use there
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