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 The schedule includes everything from Christmas markets and historic home tours to a literal lobster trap Christmas tree lighting. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 14 Sep. 2022 Roderick Grimshaw pushed an empty lobster trap to the stern as Michael Grimshaw hauled up the rest. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Dec. 2021 In Gloucester, the lobster trap tree has been a part of the Christmas landscape for 20 years. Shannon Larson, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Dec. 2021 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, 7 June 2020 There are no tables—just a bunch of old rusty, lobster traps masquerading as them. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, 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, 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, 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, 9 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of lobster trap

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lobster trap was in 1847

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Last Updated

21 Sep 2022

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“Lobster trap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobster%20trap. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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