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live·​trap ˈlīv-ˌtrap How to pronounce livetrap (audio)
livetrapped; livetrapping; livetraps

transitive verb

: to capture (an animal) in a live trap

live trap

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: a trap for catching an animal alive and uninjured

Examples of livetrap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
On Tuesday June 20, CPW agents Kyle Bond and Jonathon Lambert captured it in a live trap near the campus of Colorado Mountain College. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 21 June 2023 The spokesperson confirmed that the sub-adult male bear was caught in a live trap on Tuesday afternoon and put down by CPW officers shortly after. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 21 June 2023 In response, Paws of Hope Animal Rescue set out live traps with tempting piles of dog food and steak in an effort to catch the canine, but Kinnik eluded the traps. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 4 May 2023 Max was in his live trap, doing well. cleveland, 30 May 2022 Pamela placed a live trap in that area with her scent, hoping to attract him. cleveland, 30 May 2022 Foster said a live trap was found by the river at one point. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2021 There's one thing the village could use, though, and that's live traps. Shady Grove Oliver, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Mar. 2020 Once, the rat was caught in a live trap but somehow escaped. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1944, in the meaning defined above


1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of livetrap was in 1823

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“Livetrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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