noun, plural (especially collectively) yel·low jack, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) yel·low 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
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Examples from the Web for yellow jack
Yellow-Jack laid his hand on him, and before morning he was dead!
We was twenty-four men down on the Ohio with yellow-jack, and not an ounce of anyskeptics did I swallow!
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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