One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A dam or other barrier in a river, with an opening fitted with nets to catch fish.
- ‘Also a Weir in a river formed for the trapping of fish was termed in Saxon times a kiddle or kettle.’
- ‘A tenant of the manor had unlicensed oyster pits in the marsh and illegal kiddles in Roman river in 1506.’
- 1.1 An arrangement of fishing nets hung on stakes along the seashore to catch fish.
- ‘Royal officers had the perquisite to trap fish in kiddles, but poachers often raided the traps of fish, frequently destroying the kiddles in the process.’
- ‘The former environments were characterised by the grazing of large sheep flocks, producing wool for export and for the local cloth industries of Kent and Essex, by salt-making and by fishing using large ‘kiddles’ or fish-traps.’
Middle English: from Old French quidel.
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