from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A silvery blue fish (Oligoplites saurus) of Atlantic waters, having leathery skin, yellow fins, and five spines on the anal fin.
  • n. A fish of the family Balistidae of warm-temperate and tropical waters, including the filefishes and triggerfishes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The larva of some crane flies
  • n. Any of several brightly coloured tropical fishes, of the family Balistidae, including the filefish and the triggerfish; leatherfish
  • n. Any of several Atlantic fishes, of the genus Oligoplites, that have a leathery skin; leatherjack

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trigger fish (Balistes Carolinensis).
  • n. any of several brightly colored tropical filefishes.
  • n. any of several New World tropical fishes having tiny embedded scales.
  • n. The tough-skinned larva of certain crane flies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several fishes
  • n. In botany, same as hickory-eucalyptus.
  • n. In botany: In Australia, any one of several other trees, so called from the toughness of their bark; especially the cooper's-wood, Alphitonia excelsa, the coach-wood, Ceratopetalum apetalum, Cryptocarya Meissneri of the laurel family, and Weinmannia rubifolia of the family Cunoniaceæ.
  • n. The larva of any one of several species of crane-flies of the family Tipulidæ. It lives underground in pasture-lands and has an especially tough skin.
  • n. In Australia, a thin pancake made of flour and water.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tough-skinned larva of certain crane flies
  • n. any of several brightly colored tropical filefishes
  • n. any of several New World tropical fishes having tiny embedded scales


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  • Prince Edward, his leatherjacket girlfriend, and his minders up and dancing in their seats.


  • Unfortunately, there wasn't any leatherjacket available at my fishmonger so I used Hiramasa Kingfish

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  • On the table was kiam chye (pickled veggie) and duck soup, asam fish (blackened and fried), leatherjacket fish, black ink solong (squid), fried shanghai greens, chicken wings, and prawn salads.

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  • A small, innocuous-looking fish called a chinaman leatherjacket is swarming in Sydney waters, attacking and eating anything that moves, from bare fishing hooks to large marlin. | Top Stories

  • "It was swimming really slowly and I thought it was a leatherjacket but when we went over in the boat and I scooped it out with our landing net I knew straight away it was a barra," the 27-year-old from Concord said yesterday. | Top Stories

  • OTTAWA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to eat a specific brand of frozen leatherjacket fish after two people reported being sick.

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  • DAVID hits London town wearing a leatherjacket, jeans and PINK scarf



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  • The range of definitions demonstrates the metaphorical handiness of "leatherjacket." I would be surprised if the word is not used in some precincts to mean "tough guy." This will take more than one limerick.

    Your Aussie bloke's by nature hasty
    And lacks much patience with his pastry.
    He'll fry and stack it
    Like leatherjacket,
    Made quick and chewy but mighty tasty.

    In nature's rough survival racket
    How give an edge to those that lack it?
    If not fierce enough
    They'd best be tough
    And boast a name like leatherjacket.

    March 4, 2014

  • It's a fish.

    January 2, 2012