mist net


: a finely woven large mesh net erected to entangle and capture birds or bats in flight

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But with the 2012 and 2021 birds in Illinois, another photographed in Texas this year and another caught in a mist net in October in Quebec, of all places, that soon may change. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 29 Nov. 2021 In the evenings, the researchers strung up a mist net at an entrance to the mineshaft, and waited for dusk, when the bats flew out to eat. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2021 For several years, the fine mist nets used to catch the tiny migrants sat unused. Ben Raines, AL.com, 20 Apr. 2018 Rodríguez carefully untangled a squawking hummingbird from a mist net. National Geographic, 18 Apr. 2018 Amid the scrub, the researchers had strung mist nets: 40-foot-long black nylon nets spread tautly between two poles. Bruce M. Beehler, Smithsonian, 16 Apr. 2018 The mist nets act like large spider webs, harmlessly entangling unsuspecting birds who fly into them without ever seeing them. Bruce M. Beehler, Smithsonian, 16 Apr. 2018 The fine-mesh mist nets take time for the students to mount on special poles, and removing the ensnared creatures from them requires skill. Laura Bliss, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2017 At our new camp just above the Kasikasima Rapids, the scientists redeploy their dragnet of seines, mist nets, pit traps, Winkler extractors, aluminum boxes and other collecting devices. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, 29 Mar. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mist net was in 1955

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“Mist net.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mist%20net. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

mist net


: a large finely woven net that is set up to capture birds or bats as they fly into it
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