light trap

noun

Definition of light trap 

1 : a device that allows movement of a sliding part or passage of a person (as into a darkroom) but excludes light

2 : a device for collecting or destroying insects that consists of a bright light in association with a trapping or killing medium

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To explore any magnetic sense bogongs might possess Dr Dreyer and Dr Warrant used light traps to capture hundreds of the moths during their migrations over the course of two seasons. The Economist, "The first clear evidence of a sense of magnetism in insects," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of light trap

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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