fishhook

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

Definition of fishhook

: a usually barbed hook for catching fish

Examples of fishhook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the southern sky, just above the treetops will be a fishhook shape of stars centered on Antares (Scorpius the Scorpion). Dean Regas, The Enquirer, "This new book is a guide for you to explore the universe," 23 June 2020 Scorpius is visible above the southern horizon as a long fishhook shape. Dean Regas, Cincinnati.com, "Things to look for in the night sky this summer 🌌," 10 June 2020 Miramar and its neighboring suburbs, located on a spit of land jutting like a fishhook out into the South Pacific, have become the frontline for testing and refining the urban eradication methods to be deployed countrywide. Mara Johnson-groh, Popular Science, "New Zealand’s bold rat-control campaign sees its first wave of successes," 26 May 2020 Miramar and its neighboring suburbs, located on a spit of land jutting like a fishhook out into the South Pacific, have become the front line for testing and refining the urban eradication methods to be deployed countrywide. Mara Johnson-groh, Wired, "The Quest to Purge New Zealand of Invasive Predators," 30 May 2020 While hen droppings are small and spiraled, gobbler scat is bigger, curved like a fishhook and splashed with white. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, "25 Top Spring Turkey Hunting Tips," 20 Apr. 2020 Then pass the other rope through the hook shape from behind, wrap it around the entire fishhook once and then tuck the smaller line between itself and the other rope. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "Essential Knots: How to Tie the 20 Knots You Need to Know," 2 Apr. 2019 Most of these hunters are setting up full-body decoys in the same fishhook or horseshoe pattern every time. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Fooling Late-Season Canada Geese," 2 Jan. 2020 The fishhook and the wire had gotten stuck to the bush, officials said. Washington Post, "Injured fox rescued in Arlington," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of fishhook

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fishhook was in the 14th century

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26 Jun 2020

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“Fishhook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fishhook. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for fishhook

fishhook

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How to pronounce fishhook (audio)

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

fishhook

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

Kids Definition of fishhook

: a hook used for catching fish

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