skip-jack

skipjack

[skip-jak]
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:
1545–55; skip1 + jack1

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skipjack (ˈskɪpˌdʒæk)
 
n , 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
 
[C18: from skip1 + jack1]

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skipjack
1554, "a pert shallow-brained fellow, a puppy, a conceited fop" [OED], from skip (v.) + generic name jack. Applied 1703 to tropical fishes with leaping tendencies. In ref. to a kind of sailing boat used on Chesapeake Bay, attested from 1887.
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