yellow jack
Quarantine Quar"an*tine, n. [F. quarantaine, OF. quaranteine, fr. F. quarante forty, L. quadraginta, akin to quattuor four, and E. four: cf. It. quarantina, quarentine. See {Four}, and cf. {Quadragesima}.] 1. A space of forty days; -- used of Lent. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically, the term, originally of forty days, during which a ship arriving in port, and suspected of being infected a malignant contagious disease, is obliged to forbear all intercourse with the shore; hence, such restraint or inhibition of intercourse; also, the place where infected or prohibited vessels are stationed. [1913 Webster]

Note: Quarantine is now applied also to any forced stoppage of travel or communication on account of malignant contagious disease, on land as well as by sea. [1913 Webster]

3. (Eng. Law) The period of forty days during which the widow had the privilege of remaining in the mansion house of which her husband died seized. [1913 Webster]

{Quarantine flag}, a yellow flag hoisted at the fore of a vessel or hung from a building, to give warning of an infectious disease; -- called also the {yellow jack}, and {yellow flag}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Yellow Jack — Jack Jack (j[a^]k), n. [F. Jacques James, L. Jacobus, Gr. ?, Heb. Ya aq[=o]b Jacob; prop., seizing by the heel; hence, a supplanter. Cf. {Jacobite}, {Jockey}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John. [1913 Webster] You… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Yellow jack — Yellow Yel low (y[e^]l l[ o]), a. [Compar. {Yellower} (y[e^]l l[ o]*[ e]r); superl. {Yellowest}.] [OE. yelow, yelwe, [yogh]elow, [yogh]eoluw, from AS. geolu; akin to D. geel, OS. & OHG. gelo, G. gelb, Icel. gulr, Sw. gul, Dan. guul, L. helvus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yellow jack — ☆ yellow jack n. 1. YELLOW FEVER 2. a yellow flag used as a signal of quarantine 3. an edible, gold and silver marine jack fish (Caranx bartholomaei) found near Florida and the West Indies …   English World dictionary

  • Yellow Jack — (engl., spr. jello dschäck), s. Gelber Jack …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Yellow jack — For other uses, see Yellow jack (disambiguation). Yellow jack Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • Yellow jack — 1) The flag displayed from lazarettos, naval hospitals, and vessels in quarantine. 2) Synonym for yellow fever as, for example, in ...Fernando passed a few weeks recovering from a touch of yellow jack. * * * yellow jack n 1) YELLOW FEVER 2)… …   Medical dictionary

  • yellow jack — /jɛloʊ ˈdʒæk/ (say yeloh jak) noun 1. the flag of quarantine, yellow in colour. 2. → yellow fever. 3. (plural yellow jack or yellow jacks) any carangid fish, especially a Caribbean food fish, Caranx bartholomaei. 4. → yellow jacket (def. 3).… …   Australian English dictionary

  • yellow jack — melsvoji karangė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Caranx crysos angl. blue runner; deepwater cavally; green jack; hardtail crevalle; yellow jack; yellow mackerel rus. голубой каранкс; золотистый… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • yellow jack — yel′low jack n. pl. (esp. collectively) jack, (esp. for kinds or species) jacks 1) pat yellow fever 2) ich a silvery and yellowish Caribbean food fish, Caranx bartholomaei …   From formal English to slang

  • yellow jack — noun 1. yellow flag hoist on a ship in quarantine • Hypernyms: ↑flag 2. fish of western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico • Syn: ↑Caranx bartholomaei • Hypernyms: ↑jack 3. caused by a flavivirus transmitted by a mosquito …   Useful english dictionary

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