• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fish-spear a spear or dart for striking fish
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fisc; Ger. fisch; Ice. fiskr; L. piscis; Gr. ichthys; Gael. iasg.


In literature:

She could spear fish and snare rabbits as well as our young men.
"The Crew of the Water Wagtail" by R.M. Ballantyne
One evening he left Haldorstede with his fishing-spear on his shoulder, and went up to the river, accompanied by one of the house-carles.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
Into them went his spear, up came the poor fish, and was strung with some others on a string the boy carried.
"Little Lucy's Wonderful Globe" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The marsh has remained unchanged since the days when the Mohican Indians speared fish there.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Then they with great dexterity dart these spears into the fish and so take them.
"The Bounty of the Chesapeake" by James Wharton
The Indians, with their crude traps, hooks, and spears, could obtain but few fish at a time and did not reduce their numbers.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
The savage makes his spade or fish spear from the necessity of physical preservation.
"Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906" by Various
In fishing, many of the colonists acquired from the natives a skill in spearing fish, though netting them was far more general in the Colony.
"Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century" by Annie Lash Jester
Then the Dyaks, darting about in little boats, speared the big fishes, and caught the small ones in landing-nets.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
We saw the fishermen spear the fish by torchlight, as they did on the Tweed.
"Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville" by Mary Somerville
The men were employed in spearing and landing a large fish.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Spear-fish is a much better name.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
At one o'clock two large fishes were brought in, which had been speared in the bay.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Alone, on the top of the reef, a man with a flaming brand Walked, gazing and pausing, a fish-spear poised in his hand.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 14 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
At the proper season they made temporary encampments for salmon fishing with torch and spear.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
The spear took the fish right behind the gills.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
He was very much surprised when he passed the crane spearing fish for his breakfast!
"Two Indian Children of Long Ago" by Frances Taylor
The men brought us venison and fresh fish, which they caught in great quantities by spearing them through the ice.
"Reminiscences" by Hans Mattson
Seizing their salmon spears the Esquimos hurried up-stream to take their stands on rocks which the fish might pass.
"The Whelps of the Wolf" by George Marsh
One day Tegumai Bopsulai went down through the beaver-swamp to the Wagai river to spear carp-fish for dinner, and Taffy went too.
"Just So Stories" by Rudyard Kipling

In poetry:

Yea, and the fish-river clear
Never shall blacken below
Spear and the shadow of spear,
Bow and the shadow of bow.
"Aboriginal Death Song" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Unlike many forms of fishing, spearing has not been modified by technology — it's just a fisherman, a spear, a decoy and a windowless darkhouse.
With just a spear, a decoy and a hut, this form of fishing is more like hunting.
The 2012 sturgeon spearing season on the Lake Winnebago system opened Saturday with 210 fish registered.
New spear and bow-and-arrow angling regulations, announced by the Department of Natural Resources, will provide additional recreational opportunities starting in the 2012 fishing season.
Fisheries Order 219 governs spearing regulations statewide for anglers who harvest fish with a spear or bow.
This is an event that anyone interested in ice fishing from a darkhouse or ice house as well a fish photography, decoy carving or spear making will not want to miss.
Spear fishing legalized for Houghton Lake.
Brian Calley has signed legislation allowing Michigan anglers to spear fish without penalty on the state's largest inland lake.
Gov Brian Calley has signed legislation allowing Michigan anglers to spear fish without penalty on the state's largest inland lake.
Fishermen will be able to use spears to fish in Houghton Lake from this point forward.
Doctors in Miami have successfully removed a three-foot spear that penetrated a teenager's skull during a fishing accident.
Now try holding your breath, diving 65 feet down, finding fish, spearing fish and returning to the surface before you drown.
The diver finds and spears his fish in textbook form.