[ 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.


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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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