fluke


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fluke \Fluke\ (fl[=u]k), n. [Cf. LG. flunk, flunka wing, the
   palm of an anchor; perh. akin to E. fly.]
   1. The part of an anchor which fastens in the ground; a
      flook. See Anchor.
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   2. (Zool.) One of the lobes of a whale's tail, so called from
      the resemblance to the fluke of an anchor.
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   3. An instrument for cleaning out a hole drilled in stone for
      blasting.
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   4. An accidental and favorable stroke at billiards (called a
      scratch in the United States); hence, any accidental or
      unexpected advantage; as, he won by a fluke. [Cant, Eng.]
      --A. Trollope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fluke \Fluke\ (fl[=u]k or fl[=oo]k), n. [Cf. AS. fl[=o]c a kind
   of flatfish, Icel. fl[=o]ki a kind of halibut.]
   1. (Zool.) The European flounder. See Flounder. [Written
      also fleuk, flook, and flowk.]
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   2. (Zool.) Any American flounder of the genus Paralichthys,
      especially Paralicthys dentatus, found in the Atlantic
      Ocean and in adjacent bays. --RHUD
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   3. (Zool.) A parasitic trematode worm of several species,
      having a flat, lanceolate body and two suckers. Two
      species (Fasciola hepatica and Distoma lanceolatum)
      are found in the livers of sheep, and produce the disease
      called rot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fluke \Fluke\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Fluked; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Fluking.]
   To get or score by a fluke; as, to fluke a play in billiards.
   [Slang]
   [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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