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A.Word.A.Day--Jolly Roger

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This week's theme: words related to pirates.

Jolly Roger (JOL-ee ROJ-uhr) noun

The pirates' flag, showing a white skull and crossbones on a black background. Also known as the blackjack or black flag.

[The origin of the name Jolly Roger is uncertain.]

See more usage examples of jolly roger in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Guest Wordsmith John (Ol' Chumbucket) Baur (chumbucketATtalklikeapirate.com)

"Three men were eventually spotted, not in a three-master with a Jolly Roger flapping in the breeze, but in powerboat near Bayvista Lane." Jonathan Jenkins; Pirates on the High ... Lake? Toronto Sun (Canada); Sep 9, 2006.

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