fish·​hook | \ ˈfish-ˌhu̇k How to pronounce fishhook (audio) \

Definition of fishhook

: a usually barbed hook for catching fish

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For its task, the LEMUR has hundreds of tiny fishhooks in each of its 16 fingers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Building a Family of Cliff-Climbing Robots," 11 July 2019 In one of the largest and most visually arresting pieces of the exhibition, Capote uses roughly 500,000 fishhooks to create a seascape that’s deceptively peaceful and calm until closer inspection. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "Cranbrook's sprawling, ambitious 'Landlord Colors' exhibit connects Detroit to the world," 20 June 2019 Meanwhile, the orangutans tested were able to complete the fishhook easily. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Orangutans Are Better Than Children at Making Tools, Study Finds," 12 Nov. 2018 With his magical fishhook, the demigod pulled up the islands from the ocean floor. Vanessa Hua,, "Stargazing summer," 5 July 2018 Mundane objects — weights and scales, fishhooks, playing dice, lamps and cookware — bring the verses of the New Testament to life. Fox News, "Franciscan museum in Jerusalem shows life in Jesus' time," 7 July 2018 Many of the bones end up as jewelry or staffs carved in the distinctive flowing, openwork style of Maori art, which often features fierce and beautiful stylized human figures, spirals, and fishhooks. National Geographic, "This Man Has Helped Give 460 Dead Whales a Second Life—As Art," 9 Apr. 2018 The bite left Manser unable to walk for months and, at one point, reduced him to using a fishhook in an attempt to remove festering infection from his leg. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Last Wild Men of Borneo' is a real-life adventure tale about two expats in the jungle," 27 Mar. 2018 The turtles were rehabilitated from injuries that included ingesting fishhooks and being entangled in fishing lines. Melissa Nelson Gabriel, USA TODAY, "Seven rehabilitated sea turtles released into ocean," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of fishhook

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fishhook

: a small curved piece of metal that is attached to the end of a piece of fishing line and used to catch fish


fish·​hook | \ ˈfish-ˌhu̇k How to pronounce fishhook (audio) \

Kids Definition of fishhook

: a hook used for catching fish

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