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Meaning of FLUKE

Pronunciation:  flook

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

FLUKE is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: accident, adventure, blessing, break, casualty, chance hit, Chilopoda, Chordata, contingency, contingent, Echiuroidea, Ectoprocta, Entoprocta, fortuity, freak accident, hap, happening, happenstance, hazard, long odds, long shot, lucky break, lucky shot, lucky strike, Monoplacophora, Nemertinea, Phoronidea, run of luck, serendipity, streak of luck, stroke of luck, windfall