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apple-jack

Ap"ple-jack` noun
Definitions
  1. Apple brandy. U.S.
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black jack pershing

  • noun United States general who commanded the American forces in Europe during World War I (1860-1948)
    Pershing; John Joseph Pershing.
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black-jack

Black"-jack` noun
Definitions
  1. (Min.) A name given by English miners to sphalerite, or zinc blende; -- called also false galena. See Blende.
  2. Caramel or burnt sugar, used to color wines, spirits, ground coffee, etc.
  3. A large leather vessel for beer, etc. Obs.
  4. (Bot.) The Quercus nigra, or barren oak.
  5. The ensign of a pirate.
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Blue jack

  • noun small salmon of northern Pacific coasts and the Great Lakes
    cohoe; coho; Oncorhynchus kisutch; coho salmon; silver salmon.
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  • blue vitriol; sulphate of copper.
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Blue jack, Blue stone

  • blue vitriol; sulphate of copper.
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bumper jack

  • noun a jack for lifting a motor vehicle by the bumper
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cheap-jack

  • noun a seller of shoddy goods
    huckster.
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Cheap"-jack`, Cheap"-john` noun (Also<
  • Cheap-jack
  • Cheap-john
)
Definitions
  1. A seller of low-priced or second goods; a hawker.
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crevalle jack

  • noun fish of western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
    crevalle jack; Caranx hippos.
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high-low-jack

  • noun card games in which points are won for taking the high or low or jack or game
    all fours.
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Hydraulic jack

  • a jack used for lifting, pulling, or forcing, consisting of a compact portable hydrostatic press, with its pump and a reservoir containing a supply of liquid, as oil.
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Jack arch

  • an arch of the thickness of one brick.
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Jack back

  • (Brewing & Malt Vinegar Manuf.), a cistern which receives the wort. See under 1st Back.
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jack bean

  • noun annual semi-erect bushy plant of tropical South America bearing long pods with white seeds grown especially for forage
    wonder bean; giant stock bean; Canavalia ensiformis.
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jack benny

  • noun United States comedian known for his timeing and delivery and self-effacing humor (1894-1974)
    Benjamin Kubelsky; Benny.
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Jack block

  • (Naut.), a block fixed in the topgallant or royal rigging, used for raising and lowering light masts and spars.
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Jack boots

  • boots reaching above the knee; worn in the 17 century by soldiers; afterwards by fishermen, etc. see jack-booted
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jack crevalle

  • noun fish of western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
    crevalle jack; Caranx hippos.
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Jack crosstree

  • . (Naut.) See 10, b, above.
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Jack curlew

  • (Zoöl.), the whimbrel.
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jack dempsey

  • noun United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (1895-1983)
    Dempsey; Manassa Mauler; William Harrison Dempsey.
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Jack frame

  • . (Cotton Spinning) See 4 (g), above.
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Jack Frost

  • noun a personification of frost or winter weather
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  • frost personified as a mischievous person.
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Jack hare

  • a male hare. Cowper.
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jack kennedy

  • noun 35th President of the United States; established the Peace Corps; assassinated in Dallas (1917-1963)
    JFK; Kennedy; President John F. Kennedy; John Fitzgerald Kennedy; President Kennedy.
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jack kerouac

  • noun United States writer who was a leading figure of the beat generation (1922-1969)
    Kerouac; Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac.
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jack ketch

Jack" Ketch"
Etymology
Perh. fr. Jack, the proper name + Prov. E. ketch a hangman, fr. ketch, for catch to seize; but see the citations below.
Definitions
  1. A public executioner, or hangman. Eng.
    The manor of Tyburn was formerly held by Richard Jaquett, where felons for a long time were executed; from whence we have Jack Ketch. Lloyd's MS., British Museum.
    [Monmouth] then accosted John Ketch, the executioner, a wretch who had butchered many brave and noble victims, and whose name has, during a century and a half, been vulgarly given to all who have succeeded him in his odious office. Macaulay.
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jack ladder

  • noun (nautical) a hanging ladder of ropes or chains supporting wooden or metal rungs or steps
    Jacob's ladder; pilot ladder.
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Jack lamp

  • a lamp for still hunting and camp use. See def. 4 (n.), above.
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jack lemmon

  • noun United States film actor (1925-2001)
    John Uhler; Lemmon.
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jack london

  • noun United States writer of novels based on experiences in the Klondike gold rush (1876-1916)
    John Griffith Chaney; London.
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jack mackerel

  • noun a California food fish
    Spanish mackerel; saurel; Trachurus symmetricus; horse mackerel.
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jack nicklaus

  • noun United States golfer considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time (born in 1940)
    Nicklaus; Jack Nicklaus.
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jack oak

  • noun a common scrubby deciduous tree of central and southeastern United States having dark bark and broad three-lobed (club-shaped) leaves; tends to form dense thickets
    Quercus marilandica; blackjack; blackjack oak.
  • noun small to medium deciduous oak of east central North America; leaves have sharply pointed lobes
    northern pin oak; Quercus ellipsoidalis.
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jack of all trades

  • noun a person able to do a variety of different jobs acceptably well
  • noun a man skilled in various odd jobs and other small tasks
    odd-job man; handyman.
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jack off

  • verb get sexual gratification through self-stimulation
    fuck off; wank; jerk off; she-bop; masturbate.
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jack pine

  • noun slender medium-sized two-needled pine of eastern North America; with yellow-green needles and scaly grey to red-brown fissured bark
    Pinus banksiana.
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Jack plane

  • noun a carpenter's plane for rough finishing
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  • a joiner's plane used for coarse work.
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Jack post

  • one of the posts which support the crank shaft of a deep-well-boring apparatus.
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Jack pot

  • (Poker Playing), the name given to the stakes, contributions to which are made by each player successively, till such a hand is turned as shall take the "pot," which is the sum total of all the bets. see also jackpot
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Jack rabbit

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of large American hares, having very large ears and long legs. The California species (Lepus Californicus), and that of Texas and New Mexico (L. callotis), have the tail black above, and the ears black at the tip. They do not become white in winter. The more northern prairie hare (L. campestris) has the upper side of the tail white, and in winter its fur becomes nearly white.
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Jack rafter

  • (Arch.), in England, one of the shorter rafters used in constructing a hip or valley roof; in the United States, any secondary roof timber, as the common rafters resting on purlins in a trussed roof; also, one of the pieces simulating extended rafters, used under the eaves in some styles of building.
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jack roosevelt robinson

  • noun United States baseball player; first Black to play in the major leagues (1919-1972)
    Jackie Robinson; Robinson.
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Jack salmon

  • noun pike-like freshwater perches
    walleyed pike; dory; walleye; Stizostedion vitreum.
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  • (Zoöl.), the wall-eyed pike, or glasseye.
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Jack sauce

  • an impudent fellow. Colloq. & Obs.
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Jack shaft

  • (Mach.), the first intermediate shaft, in a factory or mill, which receives power, through belts or gearing, from a prime mover, and transmits it, by the same means, to other intermediate shafts or to a line shaft.
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Jack sinker

  • (Knitting Mach.), a thin iron plate operated by the jack to depress the loop of thread between two needles.
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Jack snipe

  • . (Zoöl.) See in the Vocabulary.
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Jack staff

  • (Naut.), a staff fixed on the bowsprit cap, upon which the jack is hoisted.
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Jack the Giant Killer

  • the hero of a well-known nursery story.
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jack the ripper

  • noun an unidentified English murderer in the 19th century
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Jack timber

  • (Arch.), any timber, as a rafter, rib, or studding, which, being intercepted, is shorter than the others.
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Jack towel

  • a towel hung on a roller for common use.
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Jack tree

  • . (Bot.) See 1st Jack, n.
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Jack truss

  • (Arch.), in a hip roof, a minor truss used where the roof has not its full section.
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jack up

  • verb lift with a special device
    jack.
    • jack up the car so you can change the tire
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jack william nicklaus

  • noun United States golfer considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time (born in 1940)
    Nicklaus; Jack Nicklaus.
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Jack yard

  • (Naut.), a short spar to extend a topsail beyond the gaff.
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jack-a-dandy

Jack`-a-dan"dy noun
Definitions
  1. A little dandy; a little, foppish, impertinent fellow.
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jack-a-lantern

  • noun a large poisonous agaric with orange caps and narrow clustered stalks; the gills are luminescent
    Omphalotus illudens; jack-a-lantern; jack-o-lantern.
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jack-a-lent

Jack"-a-lent noun
Definitions
  1. A small stuffed puppet to be pelted in Lent; hence, a simple fellow.
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Jack-at-a-pinch

  • . (a) One called upon to take the place of another in an emergency . (b) An itinerant parson who conducts an occasional service for a fee.
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Jack-at-all-trades

  • one who can turn his hand to any kind of work.
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Jack-by-the-hedge

  • noun European herb that smells like garlic
    sauce-alone; garlic mustard; hedge garlic; Alliaria officinalis.
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  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Erysimum (E. alliaria, or Alliaria officinalis), which grows under hedges. It bears a white flower and has a taste not unlike garlic. Called also, in England, sauce-alone. Eng. Cyc.
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Jack-in-a-box

  • . (a) (Bot.) A tropical tree (Hernandia sonora), which bears a drupe that rattles when dry in the inflated calyx . (b) A child's toy, consisting of a box, out of which, when the lid is raised, a figure springs . (c) (Mech.) An epicyclic train of bevel gears for transmitting rotary motion to two parts in such a manner that their relative rotation may be variable; applied to driving the wheels of tricycles, road locomotives, and to cotton machinery, etc.; an equation box; a jack frame; called also compensating gearing . (d) A large wooden screw turning in a nut attached to the crosspiece of a rude press.
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Jack-in-office

  • an insolent fellow in authority. Wolcott.
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jack-in-the-box

  • noun plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened
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Jack-in-the-bush

  • (Bot.), a tropical shrub with red fruit (Cordia Cylindrostachya).
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Jack-in-the-green

  • a chimney sweep inclosed in a framework of boughs, carried in Mayday processions.
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Jack-in-the-pulpit

  • noun common American spring-flowering woodland herb having sheathing leaves and an upright club-shaped spadix with overarching green and purple spathe producing scarlet berries
    Arisaema atrorubens; wake-robin; Arisaema triphyllum; Indian turnip.
  • noun common European arum with lanceolate spathe and short purple spadix; emerges in early spring; source of a starch called arum
    cuckoopint; Arum maculatum; lords-and-ladies.
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  • (Bot.), the American plant Arisæma triphyllum, or Indian turnip, in which the upright spadix is inclosed.
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jack-o'-lantern

  • noun a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground
    friar's lantern; ignis fatuus; will-o'-the-wisp.
  • noun lantern carved from a pumpkin
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Jack"-o'-lan`tern noun
Definitions
  1. See Jack-with-a-lantern, under 2d Jack.
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jack-o-lantern

  • noun a large poisonous agaric with orange caps and narrow clustered stalks; the gills are luminescent
    Omphalotus illudens; jack-a-lantern; jack-o-lantern.
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jack-o-lantern fungus

  • noun a large poisonous agaric with orange caps and narrow clustered stalks; the gills are luminescent
    Omphalotus illudens; jack-a-lantern; jack-o-lantern.
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Jack-of-the-buttery

  • (Bot.), the stonecrop (Sedum acre).
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Jack-of-the-clock

  • a figure, usually of a man, on old clocks, which struck the time on the bell.
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Jack-on-both-sides

  • one who is or tries to be neutral.
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Jack-out-of-office

  • one who has been in office and is turned out. Shak.
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jack-tar

  • noun a man who serves as a sailor
    tar; old salt; sea dog; seaman; gob; Jack; seafarer; mariner.
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Jack-with-a-lantern, Jack-o'-lantern

  • . (a) An ignis fatuus; a will-o'-the-wisp . "[Newspaper speculations] supplying so many more jack-o'-lanterns to the future historian." Lowell. (b) A lantern made of a pumpkin so prepared as to show in illumination the features of a human face, etc.
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jacking off

  • noun slang for masturbation
    wank; hand job; jerking off.
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Jumping jack

  • noun plaything consisting of a toy figure with movable joints that can be made to dance by pulling strings
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  • a toy figure of a man, jointed and made to jump or dance by means of strings.
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Lamp jack

  • . See 2d Jack, n., 4 (l) & (n).
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Lever jack

  • . See Jack, n., 5.
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Lifting jack

  • . See 2d Jack, 5.
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man jack

  • noun a single individual
    • every man jack
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minute-jack

Mi*nute"-jack` noun
Definitions
  1. A figure which strikes the hour on the bell of some fanciful clocks; -- called also jack of the clock house.
  2. A timeserver; an inconstant person. Shak.
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phone jack

  • noun a jack for plugging in a telephone
    phone jack.
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Pilot jack

  • a flag or signal hoisted by a vessel for a pilot.
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River jack

  • (Zoöl.), an African puff adder (Clotho nasicornis) having a spine on the nose.
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Roasting jack

  • a machine for turning a spit on which meat is roasted.
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Screw jack

  • noun screw-operated jack
    jackscrew.
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  • . Same as Jackscrew.
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sir jack hobbs

  • noun notable English cricketer (1882-1963)
    Hobbs; John Berry Hobbs.
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strip-jack-naked

  • noun a card game for two players in which the object is to win all of the other player's cards
    beggar-my-neighbour; beggar-my-neighbor.
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supple-jack

Sup"ple-jack` noun
Definitions
  1. (Bot.) (a) A climbing shrub (Berchemia volubilus) of the Southern United States, having a tough and pliable stem. (b) A somewhat similar tropical American plant (Paullinia Curassavica); also, a walking stick made from its stem.
    He was in form and spirit like a supple-jack, . . . yielding, but tough; though he bent, he never broke. W. Irving.
    ✍ This name is given to various plants of similar habit in different British colonies.
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telephone jack

  • noun a jack for plugging in a telephone
    phone jack.
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Union jack

  • noun national flag of the United Kingdom
    Union flag.
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  • . (Naut.) See Jack, n., 10.
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whisker jack

  • noun a jay of northern North America with black-capped head and no crest; noted for boldness in thievery
    Perisoreus canadensis; Canada jay; grey jay; gray jay; camp robber.
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Yellow Jack

  • noun caused by a flavivirus transmitted by a mosquito
    black vomit; yellow fever.
  • noun yellow flag hoist on a ship in quarantine
  • noun fish of western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
    Caranx bartholomaei.
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  • (Naut.), the yellow fever; also, the quarantine flag. See Yellow flag, under Flag.
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