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Yellow Jack

Definition of the noun yellow jack

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  1. caused by a flavivirus transmitted by a mosquito
  2. yellow flag hoist on a ship in quarantine
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: flag = emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
  3. fish of western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • scientific name: Caranx bartholomaei
    • more generic word: jack = any of several fast-swimming predacious fishes of tropical to warm temperate seas
    • geographic area: Western Atlantic Ocean
    • observational distribution: specimen and observational data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Network (not necessarily true occurrence density gradients)
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Alternative definition of the noun yellow jack


  1. The illness yellow fever
  2. [nautical] A yellow flag used by ships as a warning of disease
  3. The fish Caranx bartholomaei


"Yellow Jack" is a 1934 play and a 1938 Hollywood movie by the same name. Both were co-written by Sidney Howard and Paul de Kruif.

  • also known as "Yellow jack, a history"


"Yellow Jack" is a 1938 historical drama film written by Edward Chodorov and directed by George B. Seitz.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Yellow Jack

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Google previewThe Pirate Dictionary

by Breverton, Terry

YELLOW JACK Tropical fever or yellow fever, which turned the victims yellow with jaundice and made them spew up black vomit. The 'Yellow Jack' was therefore a flag flown by ships to indicate that there was disease aboard.

Google previewDictionary of Americanisms (1877)

A Glossary of Words and Phrases Usually Regarded as Peculiar to the United States by John Russell Bartlett

Yellow Jack. A term for the yellow fever, which probably originated among seamen ; a yellow flag (a flag being called a jack) being generally displayed at naval hospitals, or from vessels at quarantine, to denote the existence of contagious ...

Google previewThe Recreational Diver's Dictionary & Historical Timeline (2003)

by Scott Dowding

They can be found in the soft bottom region of the subtidal zone to depths of up to 150 feet, yellow jack—n. 1. a Caribbean food fish belonging to the genus Caranx bartholomaei, that is yellow and silver in color, yellowlegs—n. 1. either of two ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Food and Drink (2014)

by John F. Mariani

the “yellow jack” (C. bartholomaei); and the yellowtail(S. dorsalis).

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

silverback, single-track, steeplejack, stickleback, Syriac, tamarack, tenure-track, umiak, Union Jack, yellow jack, zodiac; Adirondack, ammoniac, amnesiac, biofeedback, celeriac, counterattack, demoniac, elegiac, insomniac, Monterey Jack, ...

Google previewDictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Yellow Jack. The flag displayed from lazarettos, naval hospitals, and vessols in quarantine. (See Union Jack.) Yellowley (Mr. Triptolemus). The experimental agriculturist. — Sir Walter Scott, "T/te Pirate." Mistress Baby [Barbara] Yellowley.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia Americana (1905)

A universal reference library comprising the arts and sciences ... commerce, etc., of the world by George Edwin Rines, Frederick Converse Beach

YELLOW JACK — YELLOW PINE INDUSTRY A Map from the 'Review of Reviews ' showing the Location of the Four Great Lumber-Producing Districts in tlie United States, with the General Distribution of Yellow-Pine Timber in the South.

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Yellow Jack. The flag displayed from lazarettos, naval hospitals, and vessels in quarantine. (See TJhios Jack.) Yellow Jack fever. "Raymond and all bis family died of . fever, and Fernando . . . bad passed a few recovering from a touch of yellow ...

Google previewWebster's Collegiate Dictionary (1914)

A Dictionary of the English Language... with an Appendix Containing a Copious Scotch Glossary, a Pronouncing Vocabulary of Proper Names, Various Other Useful Tables and a Supplement of Additional Words and Meanings Mainly Abridged from Webster's International Dictionary. Over 1100 Illustrations

Yellow Jack (Naut.), the yellow fever; also, the quarantine flag ...

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