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gill·​net ˈgil-ˌnet How to pronounce gillnet (audio)
gillnetted; gillnetting; gillnets

transitive verb

: to catch (fish) with a gill net

gill net

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: a flat net suspended vertically in the water with meshes that allow the head of a fish to pass but entangle the gills upon withdrawal

Examples of gillnet in a Sentence

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The southern portion of the Texas coast appears to have been hit especially hard by the freeze of February 2021, according to TPWD’s gill net sampling. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Jan. 2022 In every incident, most of the fish had already died in the gill nets. Outdoor Life, 21 Sep. 2023 The United Nations banned gill nets longer than 2.5 kilometers in international waters in 1991. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Aug. 2023 Snagged gill nets near a torn railing on the ship’s fantail stern looked like the work of a fisher who tried and failed to retrieve their gear. Laura Trethewey, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Sep. 2023 Australia Australia will phase out gill net fishing in the Great Barrier Reef by 2027. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Aug. 2023 Three years later, the state banned gill nets, which were notorious for snaring the jagged rostroms of juvenile sawfish. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 July 2023 The gill nets used to catch the Totoaba have resulted in the death of another endangered species in the Gulf of California, the vaquita porpoise, the CBP mentioned. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 13 June 2023 Researchers used daily gill net catch data on Chinook salmon returning to the Fraser River from the Albion test fishery at the mouth of the river to measure relative salmon abundance. oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1949, in the meaning defined above


1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gillnet was in 1796

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“Gillnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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