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grains

/greynz/ (Mayag., Inagua, White); grainse /greyns/ (Eleu., San Sal.); grange /greynj/ (Exuma) [cf. W Car, grange idem; cf. OED grain a prong of a fork obs., pl. grains (commonly construed as sing.; formerly also spelt grainse) a fish-spear or harpoon with two or more grains or prongs] • n. 1. a pole with two iron prongs for spearing or harpooning fish, etc.: 1895 'E took he grange [fish spear] (Edwards 92). 1918 He went ter ketch him [a lobster] wide granes (Parsons 137). A grains have two prong (Andros). (Gen.)

2. a pole with hook(s) for collecting conch or sponge. (Gen.)

-v. [ME grange idem ] to strike (a fish) with such an instrument; to harpoon. (Gen.)

Tags: nautical, noun, tool, verb

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Last update: 2011-05-05 14:39
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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