mist net

noun

Definition of mist net 

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

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For several years, the fine mist nets used to catch the tiny migrants sat unused. Ben Raines, AL.com, "Tiny birds, incredible journey," 20 Apr. 2018 Rodríguez carefully untangled a squawking hummingbird from a mist net. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 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, "Thirty-Seven Warblers in a Hundred Days," 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, "Thirty-Seven Warblers in a Hundred Days," 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, "The Remarkable Patience of the Staten Island Bat Watchers," 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, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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