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skipjack

[ skip-jak ]
/ ˈskɪpˌdʒæk /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) skip·jack, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) skip·jacks for 1; skip·jacks for 2, 3.

any of various fishes that leap above the surface of the water, as a tuna, Euthynnus pelamis, or the bonito.
Entomology. click beetle.
Nautical. an American one-masted sailing vessel.

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Origin of skipjack

First recorded in 1545–55; skip1 + jack1
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British Dictionary definitions for skipjack

skipjack
/ (ˈskɪpˌdʒæk) /

noun plural -jack or -jacks

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)
black skipjack a small spotted tuna, Euthynnus yaito, of Indo-Pacific seas
any of several other unrelated fishes, such as the alewife and bonito
nautical an American sloop used for oystering and as a yacht
another name for a click beetle

Word Origin for skipjack

C18: from skip 1 + jack 1
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