noun (pluralfairy shrimps)
- A small freshwater branchiopod having a transparent body with many appendages and swimming on its back.
- a genus of crab in which the male has one hugely enlarged claw (genus Uca).
- A parasitic nematode worm that lives in the blood of vertebrates and is transmitted by insects: the cause of filariasis.
- A lucky or improbable occurrence, with the implication that the occurrence could not be repeated.
The first goal was just a .
- Either of the two lobes of a whale's or similar creature's tail.
The dolphin had an open wound on the left of its tail where the propeller had injured it.
(nautical) Any of the triangular blades at the end of an anchor, designed to catch the ground.
The of the anchor was wedged between two outcroppings of rock and could not be dislodged.
1949 The Origin of Medical Terms Henry Skinner
- A flounder.
The fluke or flounder is a flat fish and the parasitic worm was so-named from a fancied resemblance to the fish.
- A trematode; a parasitic flatworm of the trematoda class, related to the tapeworm.
The man had become infected with flukes after eating a meal of raw fish.
- A metal hook on the head of certain staff weapons (such as a bill
- Etymology 1, bill), made in various forms depending on function, whether used for grappling or to penetrate armour when swung at an opponent.
verb (fluk, ed)
The polearm had a wide, sharpened attached to the central point.
After casting the bronze statue, we filed down the flukes and spurs from the molding process.
- In general, an offshoot from a central piece.
(context, snooker) To obtain a successful outcome by pure chance from a bad shot.
He fluked the other red into the middle pocket, despite the double kiss.