lobster trap

noun

Definition of lobster trap 

: a usually rectangular wooden or metal cage that is baited and placed on the sea bottom and that has a funnel-shaped net used to trap lobsters — see also lobster pot

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As Canada’s presence increased in the area, Mr. Drouin said, so did Canadian fishing patrol boats, watching Americans operate their lobster traps. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Border Patrol Stops Canadian Fishermen in Disputed Waters Off Maine," 6 July 2018 Jim Knott, chief executive officer of Riverdale Mills Corp. in Northbridge, Massachusetts, says his company supplies 85 percent of the North American market for the wire mesh that covers lobster traps. Andrew Mayeda, chicagotribune.com, "Across U.S., wary businesses gird for a Trump trade war," 18 June 2018 Problem was, that line would also break under the weight of a dozen lobster traps. Kathryn Miles, BostonGlobe.com, "Can anyone save the North Atlantic right whale?," 11 Apr. 2018 Six auctioneers banter and dicker their way through rows of antique plows, hand crank Maytags, saddlery and a few lobster traps. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "Dinky's Auction becomes a giant enterprise in the heart of Indiana Amish country once again," 17 Mar. 2018 In high-traffic areas, boaters have the tendency to cut their buoys, which can be attached to gill nets or lobster traps. Melanie Bencosme, NBC News, "Ghost gear clogging world’s oceans is having ‘catastrophic’ effect, report says," 10 Mar. 2018 The storm scattered and destroyed tens of thousands of lobster traps as the Keys’ fishing industry — the second-largest economic driver in Monroe County at more than $150 million — was paralyzed for three weeks. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "Stone crab season opens Sunday — but will the hurricane affect the haul?," 12 Oct. 2017

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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