mist net


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

Examples of mist net in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearby, the anticipation of scientific discovery was high as others trudged through thick brush and over rocky trails to recover and examine specimens snagged in mist nets stretching more than 1,000 feet across the divide. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2023 During the one-hour window of time between passengers disembarking and new passengers arriving for the next cruise to Mexico, Zambrano placed mist nets around the owl’s perch of choice, according to FWC. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 9 Mar. 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 18 Jun. 2024.

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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