Definition of pooter in English:

Share this entry

pooter

Pronunciation: /ˈpuːtə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

chiefly Entomology
A bottle for collecting small insects and other invertebrates, having one tube through which they are sucked into the bottle and another, protected by muslin or gauze, which is sucked.
Example sentences
  • They were each given a pooter, a plastic device which they could use to suck unsuspecting insects into a tube so they could be examined closely.

Origin

1930s: said to be from the name of William Poos (1891–1987), American entomologist.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: poo¦ter

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.