summer flounder



  • A lucky or improbable occurrence, with the implication that the occurrence could not be repeated.
  • A flounder.
  • A trematode; a parasitic flatworm of the Trematoda class, related to the tapeworm.
  • Either of the two lobes of a whale's or similar creature's tail.
  • Any of the triangular blades at the end of an anchor, designed to catch the ground.
  • A metal hook on the head of certain staff weapons (such as a bill), made in various forms depending on function, whether used for grappling or to penetrate armour when swung at an opponent.
  • In general, a winglike formation on a central piece.
  • Waste cotton.


  • To obtain a successful outcome by pure chance.
  • To fortuitously pot a ball in an unintended way.


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  • Of uncertain or obscure origin, perhaps dialectal. It seems to have originally referred to a lucky shot at billiards. Possibly connected to fluke#Etymology_3, referring to whales' use of flukes to move rapidly.
  • From Old English flōc ("flatfish"), of Germanic origin, related to German flach ("flat"), Old Norse floke ("flatfish"), all ultimately from Proto-Germanic *flakaz.
  • Possibly as Etymology 2 or from Middle Low German flügel ("wing"), from Old High German vlügel, from Proto-Germanic *flugilaz ("wing").

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