decoy: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (n.dē'koi, di-koi'v.di-koi'), [key]
- a person who entices or lures another person or thing, as into danger, a trap, or the like.
- anything used as a lure.
- a trained bird or other animal used to entice game into a trap or within gunshot.
- an artificial bird, as a painted wooden duck, used for the same purpose.
- a pond into which wild fowl are lured for capture.
- an object capable of reflecting radar waves, used as a spurious aircraft, missile, chaff, etc., for the deception of radar detectors.
- to lure by or as if by a decoy: They decoyed the ducks to an area right in front of the blind.
- to become decoyed: Ducks decoy more easily than most other waterfowl.
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