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fluke

I. noun Etymology: Middle English floke, fluke, from Old English flōc; akin to Old English flōh chip, Old High German flah smooth, Greek plax flat surface, and probably to Old English flōr floor — more at floor Date: before 12th century 1. flatfish 2. a flattened digenetic trematode worm; broadly trematode — compare liver fluke II. noun Etymology: perhaps from 1fluke Date: 1561 1. the part of an anchor that fastens in the ground — see anchor illustration 2. one of the lobes of a whale's tail III. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1857 1. an accidentally successful stroke at billiards or pool 2. a stroke of luck <
the discovery was a fluke
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