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Etymology edit

16th century, borrowed from Dutch tragelen (to pull with a towline, trawl), from Middle Dutch traghelen, from traghel (dragnet) (presumably from Latin tragula (dragnet)), and as such root-cognate with English drag.

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Noun edit

trawl (plural trawls)

  1. A net or dragnet used for trawling. [from the 16th c.]
  2. A long fishing line having many short lines bearing hooks attached to it; a setline.

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Descendants edit

  • Portuguese: trol
  • Russian: трал (tral)

Verb edit

trawl (third-person singular simple present trawls, present participle trawling, simple past and past participle trawled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To take (fish or other marine animals) with a trawl.
  2. (intransitive) To fish from a slow-moving boat.
  3. (intransitive) To make an exhaustive search for something within a defined area.

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