deadfall

noun
dead·​fall | \ ˈded-ˌfȯl How to pronounce deadfall (audio) \

Definition of deadfall

1 : a trap so constructed that a weight (such as a heavy log) falls on an animal and kills or disables it
2 : a tangled mass of fallen trees and branches

Examples of deadfall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two old grouse hunters were sitting on an old beech deadfall, the aroma of applewood pipe smoke drifting through the tangled grouse country. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Old but sound advice for shotgun success: Don’t aim, just look," 13 June 2020 The waterproof neoprene top offers the flexibility and comfort for miles of walking and stepping over deadfalls, while the rubber foot portion keeps your feet dry and protected from snow, creeks, and any wet conditions. Alex Gyllstrom, Outdoor Life, "3 Overlooked Rabbit Hunting Hot Spots," 13 Mar. 2020 Elena can spot a deer at 100 yards or a soaring redtail heading for a distant deadfall. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Jim Gronaw: When kids go fishing, it sure is fun," 24 Aug. 2019 Because there are no trails, researchers often have to bushwhack for miles in search of nests, wading up knee-deep streams or descending knife-edge slopes spongy with deadfall and slippery with mud. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, "Should Some Species Be Allowed to Die Out?," 13 Mar. 2018 Because there are no trails, researchers often have to bushwhack for miles in search of nests, wading up knee-deep streams or descending knife-edge slopes spongy with deadfall and slippery with mud. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, "Should Some Species Be Allowed to Die Out?," 13 Mar. 2018 Keep in mind, the terrain moose are normally taken in is muskeg, a soggy surface that can make walking as if through deep mud. Rarely is the terrain level and without deadfalls and brush to negotiate. Steve Meyer, Alaska Dispatch News, "You’ve shot your moose. Are you strong enough to pack it out?," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of deadfall

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deadfall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deadfall. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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