skip·​jack | \ ˈskip-ˌjak \
plural skipjacks or skipjack

Definition of skipjack

1 : any of various fishes (such as a ladyfish or bluefish) that jump above or are active at the surface of the water especially : skipjack tuna
2 : a sailboat with vertical sides and a bottom similar to a flat V

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Schools of albacore, bigeye, skipjack and yellowfin tuna circulate widely in the western Indian Ocean. The Economist, "A new plan to protect the water around the Seychelles," 7 Sep. 2017 Best bait is usually cut skipjack, but gizzard shad, worms or chicken hearts also have their fans. Frank Sargeant,, "Night fishing makes sense in summer," 30 July 2017 THE KEYS: Football-sized blackfin tunas were biting at the humps, along with skipjack tunas and amberjacks. Steve Waters,, "South Florida fishing report: Lots of small kingfish and dolphin, good mangrove snapper bite," 28 July 2017 The techniques below all work particularly well for oily, fatty fish such as bluefish, mackerel, swordfish, skipjack, or albacore tunas, many of which are both affordable and sustainable. Jamie Feldmar, Bon Appetit, "The Best Things to Do With Your Leftover Fish," 24 July 2017 Skipjack estimates opening its operation near the end of 2022. Washington Post, "Maryland regulators OK nation’s largest offshore wind plan," 11 May 2017 To protect consumers from getting ripped off, scientists at the University of Bologna have developed a genetic test that can tell the difference between the three most popular species of tuna in Italy: skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye. Aaron Rowe, WIRED, "Genetic Testing for Tuna: Is it really Yellowfin?," 23 Aug. 2007

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First Known Use of skipjack

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of skipjack was in 1703

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