clap-net

clap-net

n
(Zoology) a net, used esp by entomologists, that can be closed instantly by pulling a string
References in classic literature ?
Tess, between the Amazons and the farmer like a bird caught in a clap-net, returned no answer, continuing to pull the straw.
Malta can defer compliance protection of wild birds (relating to use of clap-nets for capture of seven finch species in order to establish a captive breeding system) until 2008.
Only the capture, using the traditional Maltese nets known as "clap-nets", of seven species of sparrows will be allowed for a five-year transitional period and thus remain authorised until December 31, 2008 at the latest.