Definitions for: Fluke

[n] parasitic flatworms having external suckers for attaching to a host
[n] either of the two lobes of the tail of a cetacean
[n] flat blade-like projection on the arm of an anchor
[n] a barb on a harpoon or arrow
[n] a stroke of luck

Webster (1913) Definition: Fluke (fl[=u]k), n. [Cf. AS. fl[=o]c a kind of flatfish,
Icel. fl[=o]ki a kind of halibut.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) The European flounder. See Flounder. [Written
also fleuk, flook, and flowk].

2. (Zo["o]l.) 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.

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.

2. (Zo["o]l.) One of the lobes of a whale's tail, so called
from the resemblance to the fluke of an anchor.

3. An instrument for cleaning out a hole drilled in stone for

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.

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.

Synonyms: flue, good fortune, good luck, trematode, trematode worm

See Also: anchor, barb, blood fluke, blower, cetacean, cetacean mammal, class Trematoda, Fasciola hepatica, Fasciolopsis buski, flatworm, fortune, ground tackle, harpoon, liver fluke, luck, platyhelminth, projection, schistosome, tail, Trematoda

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