DECOY , a contrivance for thecapture or enticing of
See also:duck and other
See also:fowl within range of a
See also:gun, hence any
See also:trap or enticement into a place or situation of danger . Decoys are usually made on the following plan: long tunnels leading from the
See also:sea, channel or estuary into a
See also:pool or pond are covered with an arched
See also:net, which gradually narrows in width; the ducks are enticed into this by a tame trained
See also:bird, also known as a " decoy " or " decoy-duck." In
See also:America the " decoy " is an artificial bird, placed in the
See also:water as if it were feeding, which attracts the wild fowl within range of the concealed sportsman . The word " decoy " has, etymologically, a complicated
See also:history . It appears in
See also:English first in the 17th century in these senses as " coy " and " coy-duck," from the Dutch kooi, a word which is ultimately connected with Latin
See also:cavea, hollow place, " cage."' The de-, with which the word begins, is either a corruption of " duck-coy," the Dutch article de, or a corruption of the Dutch eende-kooi, eende, duck . The New English
See also:Dictionary points out that the word " decoy " is found in the particular sense of a sharper or swindler as a
See also:term slightly earlier than " coy " or " decoy " in the ordinary sense, and, as the name of a
See also:game of
See also:cards, as early as 1550, apparently with no connexion in meaning . It is suggested that " coy " may have been adapted to this word .
DECREE (from the past participle, decretus, of Lat....
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