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Meaning of decoy

de•coy

Pronunciation: (n.dē'koi, di-koi'v.di-koi'), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who entices or lures another person or thing, as into danger, a trap, or the like.
  2. anything used as a lure.
  3. a trained bird or other animal used to entice game into a trap or within gunshot.
  4. an artificial bird, as a painted wooden duck, used for the same purpose.
  5. a pond into which wild fowl are lured for capture.
  6. an object capable of reflecting radar waves, used as a spurious aircraft, missile, chaff, etc., for the deception of radar detectors.
—v.t.
  1. to lure by or as if by a decoy: They decoyed the ducks to an area right in front of the blind.
—v.i.
  1. to become decoyed: Ducks decoy more easily than most other waterfowl.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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