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n. pl. skipjack or skip·jacks
1. A skipjack tuna.
2. Any of various other fishes, such as the bluefish, that habitually leap out of the water.
3. pl. skip·jacks A fishing sloop having a bottom shaped like a flat V and vertical sides.
n, pl -jack or -jacks
1. (Animals) 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)
2. (Animals) black skipjack a small spotted tuna, Euthynnus yaito, of Indo-Pacific seas
3. (Animals) any of several other unrelated fishes, such as the alewife and bonito
4. (Nautical Terms) nautical an American sloop used for oystering and as a yacht
5. (Animals) another name for a click beetle
[C18: from skip1 + jack1]
n., pl. (esp. collectively) -jack, (esp. for kinds or species) -jacks.
any of various fishes that leap above the surface of the water, as a tuna, Euthynnus pelamis, or the bonito.
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|Noun||1.||skipjack - oceanic schooling tuna of considerable value in Pacific but less in Atlantic; reaches 75 pounds; very similar to if not the same as oceanic bonito|
scombroid, scombroid fish - important marine food and game fishes found in all tropical and temperate seas; some are at least partially endothermic and can thrive in colder waters
|2.||skipjack - medium-sized tuna-like food fish of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters; less valued than tuna|
bonito - any of various scombroid fishes intermediate in size and characteristics between mackerels and tunas
|3.||skipjack - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound|