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A trammel net
traditionally has three layers, with the middle one finer-meshed and
slack so that fish passing through the first net carry some of the
center net through the coarser third net and are trapped. Appropriately,
trammel traces back through the Middle English tramayle and the Old French tramail to the Late Latin tremaculum, which comes from Latin tres, meaning "three," andmacula, meaning "mesh." Today, the plural trammels is synonymous with restraints, and trammel is also used as a verb meaning "to confine" or "to enmesh." You may also run across the adjective untrammeled, meaning "not confined or limited."
Examples of TRAMMEL
In her memoir, the singer asserts that her musicianship was ultimately hampered by the trammels of fame.
"We learn a good deal about [Doc] Holliday: his grief at the passing of
his mother when he was a teenager, his early career as an Ivy
League-trained dentist, his quickness on the draw, his self-reinvention
as an adventurer-wanderer, his yearning to shed the trammels of the conventional life."
— Richard Bernstein, The New York Times, 22 Aug. 2001
Name That Synonym
What is a synonym of the noun snare that is also the name for a twig covered with a particular substance to catch birds?