spear·​gun | \ ˈspir-ˌgən How to pronounce speargun (audio) \

Definition of speargun

: a gun that shoots a spear and is used in spearfishing

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Hunters generally work at night, catching the alligators with a harpoon, fishing rod, speargun or crossbow. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida's gator hunt kicks off; competition expected to be fierce," 15 Aug. 2017 The Sixth Annual Fort Lauderdale Lionfish Derby, organized by Reef Environmental Education Foundation, awarded more than $3,500 in prizes to teams of divers who went after the fish with nets and spearguns. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "440 lionfish caught off Fort Lauderdale," 17 July 2017 His company employs about 20 and is the world’s largest maker of spearguns. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man vs. tuna: Quite a tale to tell," 8 July 2017 Shafer, who prefers fishing with a speargun to the traditional rod and reel, was eager to land his own yellowtail–a swift aqua-and-gold-striped schooling fish with a brilliant canary tailfin. Richard Herrmann, National Geographic, "Odd Tale of a Spear Fisherman, a Shark, and a Surprise Attack," 9 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of speargun

1951, in the meaning defined above

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