purse seine


Definition of purse seine

: a large seine designed to be set by two boats around a school of fish and so arranged that after the ends have been brought together the bottom can be closed

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Other Words from purse seine

purse seiner noun
purse seining noun

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The tide rises underneath the cannery, lifting the purse seine boats tied to the pier. Anjuli Grantham, Alaska Dispatch News, "At Larsen Bay, a cannery where the tenacious rhythm of salmon season holds sway," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of purse seine

1838, in the meaning defined above

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