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yellow jack

noun, plural (especially collectively) yellow jack (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) yellow jacks for 3.
Informal. quarantine flag.
Pathology. yellow fever.
any carangoid fish, especially a Caribbean food fish, Caranx bartholomaei.
Origin of yellow jack
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Cholera and yellow jack or strange hunger-fevers cut wide swaths of death again and again among the helpless people.

    Cyrus Hall McCormick Herbert Newton Casson
  • That is to say,” he added, “if yellow jack has not got a grip of me in the meantime.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • I promised to return with the first frost; for this usually kills “yellow jack.”

    The Guerilla Chief Mayne Reid
  • At last “yellow jack” was thundered out loud enough to awake his victims from the palisades.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • He'd be glad to get her if she had yellow jack aboard, an' if he's caught with her he'll have to do the explainin'.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • That fever, “yellow jack” as we used to call it, is truly one of the most dreadful scourges of the West Indies.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • Now if we could meet an enemy, and have a good warm engagement, we should soon put yellow jack and him to flight together.

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • We must not forget poor Molly—how nobly she braved yellow jack himself when the sick wanted her aid!

    True Blue W.H.G. Kingston
  • And right then they were dying forty a day in Guayaquil of yellow jack.

    The Red One Jack London
  • All sailors and travellers in southern countries have to meet with the scourge, the sailors calling it familiarly "yellow jack."

British Dictionary definitions for yellow jack

yellow jack

(pathol) another name for yellow fever
another name for quarantine flag
any of certain large yellowish carangid food fishes, esp Caranx bartholomaei, of warm and tropical Atlantic waters
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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