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nounEnglish Regional, South-Western, West Midlands
On the river Severn and its tributaries: a funnel-shaped basket or wicker trap for catching salmon or eels.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Treadway Russell Nash (1725–1811), Church of England clergyman and antiquary. Apparently related to putt, although the nature of the relationship is unexplained.
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