lobster trap


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

Examples of lobster trap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Right whales, other whales and turtles get caught in lobster trap lines, but fewer lines can maintain the same lobster catch levels. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Whale Protections Need Not Cause Lobstering Losses," 7 June 2020 There are no tables—just a bunch of old rusty, lobster traps masquerading as them. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "My Favorite (Only?) Way to Escape Right Now Is Making This Seafood Chowder," 27 Apr. 2020 All around the wharf, spilling over into the parking lot, on the grass and even, in some spots, along the Overseas Highway that traverses the Florida Keys, lobster traps are stacked. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Florida Lobster Got a Break on China Tariffs. Then Came Coronavirus.," 6 Mar. 2020 The picnic tables are surrounded by a wall of blue-wire lobster traps, a hint that co-owner Matt Weber is a lobsterman. Christopher Reynoldsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Maine’s scenic Monhegan Island is a portrait of Brigadoon mixed with L.L. Bean," 25 July 2019 Maine was dreamy, with quiet stretches of woods full of swimming holes and rope swings, lobster traps stacked in pleasing geometries. Eryn Loeb, Longreads, "When Friendship Fades But the Images Linger," 9 Aug. 2019 Three others were spotted near Miscou Island trailing ropes, which attach crab and lobster traps on the seabed to buoys (see map). The Economist, "To save whales, Canada sets a maritime speed limit," 18 July 2019 The plan would mean reducing by half the number of lobster trap lines that could entangle whales. USA TODAY, "Glowing rock fight, Statehouse stash, hometown hero: News from around our 50 states," 15 July 2019 What follows is a really sweet lobster trapping date on the water (only The Bachelorette). Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Tyler Cameron Just Became The Bachelorette’s Front-Runner — Here's How," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of lobster trap

1847, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2020

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“Lobster trap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobster%20trap. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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