decoy


decoy
[16] Dutch kooi means ‘cage’ (it comes from Latin cavea ‘cage’, source of English cage). The term came to be applied specifically to a pond which had been surrounded with nets into which wildfowl were lured for capture. English took it over, but brought with it the Dutch definite article de, so that Dutch de kooi ‘the decoy’ became English decoy. => CAGE
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   The word was originally a specific term for a pool with netted approaches where wildfowl were captured. Hence its probable origin in Dutch de kooi, 'the cage,' with the noun here derived from Latin cavea, which also gave English cage itself.

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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