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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.

[skip (in reference to its leaping behavior) + jack, fellow.]


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skipjack - oceanic schooling tuna of considerable value in Pacific but less in Atlanticskipjack - 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
Euthynnus, genus Euthynnus - a genus of Scombridae
2.skipjack - medium-sized tuna-like food fish of warm Atlantic and Pacific watersskipjack - medium-sized tuna-like food fish of warm Atlantic and Pacific waters; less valued than tuna
genus Sarda, Sarda - bonitos
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 soundskipjack - able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound
elater, elaterid, elaterid beetle - any of various widely distributed beetles
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The blackfins and skipjacks are a little more selective than bonito.
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No matter that the breeze died shortly after we sailed out of sight of the waving wedding guess, and Ed finally had to crank up the small motorized yawl boat that all skipjacks tow behind them to supply power when needed.
Dize has served as the second vice president of the Maryland Watermen's Association, on the state's shell committee and has worked with three other captains on the Save Our Skipjacks Task Force.
It came quickly, first a skipjack tuna, then a blackfin, then more skipjacks.
The technique also produced several 2-pound skipjacks, numerous needlefish and a variety of perch-like species he couldn't identify.
Upon graduating from the University of Baltimore in 1991, Aparicio began his career in radio as the color commentator for the AHL Baltimore Skipjacks.
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