Definition of Petersen grab in US English:

Petersen grab

noun

  • A kind of mechanical grab for obtaining a sample of the bed of a body of water, consisting of two jaws semicircular in vertical cross-section and hinged along the top, arranged so as to close automatically on contact with the bottom.

Origin

1920s. From the name of Carl Georg Johan Petersen, Danish marine biologist, who invented it + grab.

Pronunciation

Petersen grab

/ˈpiːtəs(ə)n ˌɡrab/