clap net

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clap net (plural clap nets)

  1. A net for catching birds or insects, which can be drawn closed by pulling a string.
    • 1835, Edward Newman, The Grammar of Entomology, p. 265:
      The clap net is the grand weapon of the entomologist : it is a large piece of muslin, four feet long, and nearly three wide.
    • 1999, Mike Mitchell, translating HJC von Grimmelshausen, Simplicissimus, II.21, Dedalus 2016, p. 158:
      One day the colonel, who was very keen on hunting, took me with him when he went out to catch partridges with a clap-net [transl. Tyras], an invention which impressed me very much.