n. & v.
1. a a person or thing used to lure an animal or person into a trap or danger. b a bait or enticement.
2 a pond with narrow netted arms into which wild duck may be tempted in order to catch them.
--v.tr. (often foll. by into, out of) allure or entice, esp. by means of a decoy.
Etymology: 17th c.: perh. f. Du. de kooi the decoy f. de THE + kooi f. L cavea cage