1) A pronged spear, used chiefly for catching salmon.

It is first noted in the Act of 1533-4, as ‘lister’. Yorkshire examples include: 1567 a leade mell, and two lesters, Mortham

1611 for taking four Salmon in the Yore … with a lyster, Thirn

1638 did kill and destroie with a certaine engine called a leister much salmon, beinge in the time of kipper, Eppleby

1693 took his lyester and … soe went downe the river to another person who stood in the stream with another lyester, Timble.

dates 1567 1611 1638 1693

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