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skipjack

[skip-jak] /ˈskɪpˌdʒæk/
noun, plural (especially collectively) skipjack (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) skipjacks for 1; skipjacks for 2, 3.
1.
any of various fishes that leap above the surface of the water, as a tuna, Euthynnus pelamis, or the bonito.
2.
Entomology, click beetle.
3.
Nautical. an American one-masted sailing vessel.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; skip1 + jack1
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British Dictionary definitions for skip-jack

skipjack

/ˈskɪpˌdʒæk/
noun (pl) -jack, -jacks
1.
Also called skipjack tuna. an important food fish, Katsuwonus pelamis, that has a striped abdomen and occurs in all tropical seas: family Scombridae (mackerels and tunas)
2.
black skipjack, a small spotted tuna, Euthynnus yaito, of Indo-Pacific seas
3.
any of several other unrelated fishes, such as the alewife and bonito
4.
(nautical) an American sloop used for oystering and as a yacht
5.
another name for a click beetle
Word Origin
C18: from skip1 + jack1
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Word Origin and History for skip-jack

skipjack

n.

1550s, "a pert shallow-brained fellow; a puppy, a whipper-snapper; a conceited fop or dandy" [OED], from skip (v.) + generic name jack (n.). Applied 1703 to tropical fishes with leaping tendencies. In reference to a kind of sailing boat used on Chesapeake Bay, attested from 1887.

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