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decoy

DECOY, n.

1. Any thing intended to lead into a snare; any lure or allurement that deceives and misleads into evil, danger or the power of an enemy.

2. A place for catching wild fowls.



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DECOY, n.

1. Any thing intended to lead into a snare; any lure or allurement that deceives and misleads into evil, danger or the power of an enemy.

2. A place for catching wild fowls.

DE-COY', n.

  1. Any thing intended to lead into a snare; any lure or allurement that deceives and misleads into evil, danger, or the power of an enemy.
  2. A place for catching wild fowls.

DE-COY', v.t. [D. kooi, a cabin, berth, bed, fold, cage, decoy; kooijen, to lie, to bed.]

To lead or lure by artifice into a snare, with a view to catch; to draw into any situation to be taken by a foe; to entrap by any means which deceive. The fowler decoys ducks into a net. Troops may be decoyed into an ambush. One ship decoys another within reach of her shot.


De*coy"
  1. To lead into danger by artifice; to lure into a net or snare; to entrap; to insnare; to allure; to entice; as, to decoy troops into an ambush; to decoy ducks into a net.

    Did to a lonely cot his steps decoy. Thomson.

    E'en while fashion's brightest arts decoy,
    The heart, distrusting, asks if this be joy.
    Goldsmith.

    Syn. -- To entice; tempt; allure; lure. See Allure.

  2. Anything intended to lead into a snare; a lure that deceives and misleads into danger, or into the power of an enemy; a bait.
  3. A fowl, or the likeness of one, used by sportsmen to entice other fowl into a net or within shot.
  4. A place into which wild fowl, esp. ducks, are enticed in order to take or shoot them.
  5. A person employed by officers of justice, or parties exposed to injury, to induce a suspected person to commit an offense under circumstances that will lead to his detection.
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Decoy

DECOY, noun

1. Any thing intended to lead into a snare; any lure or allurement that deceives and misleads into evil, danger or the power of an enemy.

2. A place for catching wild fowls.

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