In forest ecology, a snag refers to a standing, dead or dying tree, often missing a top or most of the smaller branches. In freshwater ecology it refers to trees, branches, and other pieces of naturally occurring wood found sunken in rivers and streams; it is also known as coarse woody debris.

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  1. A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a short branch, or a sharp or rough branch; a knot; a protuberance.
  2. Any sharp protuberant part of an object, which may catch, scratch, or tear other objects brought into contact with it.
  3. A tooth projecting beyond the rest; a broken or decayed tooth.
  4. A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and sunk.
  5. A problem or difficulty with something.
  6. A pulled thread or yarn, as in cloth.
  7. One of the secondary branches of an antler.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A light meal.
  2. A sausage.

Noun (etymology 3)

  1. A misnaged, an opponent to Chassidic Judaism (more likely modern, for cultural reasons).


  1. To catch or tear (e.g. fabric) upon a rough surface or projection.
    Be careful not to snag your stockings on that concrete bench!
  2. To fish by means of dragging a large hook or hooks on a line, intending to impale the body (rather than the mouth) of the target.
    We snagged for spoonbill from the eastern shore of the Mississippi river.
  3. To obtain or pick up (something).
    Ella snagged a bottle of water from the fridge before leaving for her jog.
  4. To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly.

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