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Piscatory

Piscatory

BEING A MOST CHARMING AND ILLUSTRATIVE WORD, BRINGING WITH IT IMAGES OF THE SEA AND MOST WISTFUL DREAMS OF HOME

n. — a literary or other artwork depicting fisherman, fishing, angling, etc.
adj. — of or relating to fishing, esp. in reference to literary works
— one that catches fish

fm. Latin, piscatorius, of or concerned with fishing—and in that way a counterpoint to pastoral, from the Latin pastoralis, of or concerned with shepherding [or the raising of livestock]. A lil Latin surf and turf.

first published. 1631

inspiration. The Oxford English Dictionary, which in turn evoked, for the second time in recent AOE entries, The Hunt for Red October, and a most ingenious, wholly fictional quote.

featured image. Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). Kōshū kajikazawa (Kajikazawa in Kai Province, 1830–3) from Fugaku sanjūrokkei (Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji). Color woodblock print, depicting a fisherman casting lines into the Fuji River at Kajikazawa, boy beside him, Mount Fuji in the background.

“And the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home. —Christopher Columbus”
—screenwriter Larry Ferguson

Piscatory

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