[ leth-er-jak-it ]
/ ˈlɛð ərˌdʒæk ɪt /


Also called leather jack. any of several carangid fishes having narrow, linear scales embedded in the skin at various angles, especially Oligoplites saurus, found in tropical American waters.
Australian. a pancake or other dough fried over a campfire.
the grub of the crane fly.

Nearby words

  1. leatherback,
  2. leatherback turtle,
  3. leatherette,
  4. leatherfish,
  5. leatherhead,
  6. leatherleaf,
  7. leathern,
  8. leatherneck,
  9. leatheroid,
  10. leatherwear

Origin of leatherjacket

First recorded in 1760–70; leather + jacket

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British Dictionary definitions for leatherjacket


/ (ˈlɛðəˌdʒækɪt) /


any of various tropical carangid fishes of the genera Oligoplites and Scomberoides, having a leathery skin
any of various brightly coloured tropical triggerfishes of the genus Monacanthus and related genera
the greyish-brown tough-skinned larva of certain craneflies, esp of the genus Tipula, which destroy the roots of grasses, etc
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