One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Poetic. A coat of mail.
2A type of salmon net that is attached to the shore or bank. Now chiefly historical.
3A form of long seine net which is supported at the ends by separate boats, one of which moves in a circular path towards the other in order to trap the fish within the net, especially as formerly used in the Scottish fishing grounds to catch herring.
4Lacemaking. A net ground with circular meshes or figures.
Old English; earliest use found in Beowulf. From ring + net.
ring net/ˈrɪŋ nɛt/
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