One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bag-shaped net with a mouth that can be drawn together with cords, for catching fish or rabbits.
- ‘William would occasionally go out in the late evening, set his purse nets over the rabbit holes and then return the next evening to pick up his spoils.’
- ‘The rabbit, with the ferret behind it, bolts out of the nearest exit hole and is caught in the purse net.’
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