One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who catches fish for a living or for sport.‘he was an enthusiastic fisher and hunter’‘an experienced trout fisher will be on hand to guide and advise’
- ‘His traditional roots show as he weaves tales from life as it was for Canada's early settlers, hunters, fishers, explorers and adventurers.’
- ‘These offer information about shifting shoals, sandbars and such that can be critical for boaters and productive for fishers.’
- ‘The third and fully revised edition should be on the bookshelf of all saltwater fly fishers.’
- ‘He and his band have been hunters, fishers and farmers.’
- ‘Rivers containing migratory fish have additional laws attached and trout fishers must pay attention.’
2A large brown marten valued for its fur, found in North American woodland where it frequently preys on porcupines.
Martes pennanti, family Mustelidae
- ‘The bear, wolf, coyote, fisher, wolverine, otter, and lynx prey upon the beaver who is, nevertheless, a powerful antagonist when at bay.’
- ‘This was the kind of place fishers like: a closed canopy, a supply of dead standing trees to make dens in, and plenty of trees of different heights and deadwood on the ground, where a hungry fisher might find prey.’
- ‘Like other mustelids, fishers have a high metabolic rate and are ravenous eaters.’
- ‘His first love is orphaned river otters - also members of the weasel family - but fishers have come to take second place.’
- ‘Bobcats, wolverines, and fishers, that know how to flip the animal on its back and expose its unprotected underside, are the most adept at killing porcupines.’
Old English fiscere ‘fisherman’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch visser and German Fischer, also to fish.
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