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jerky1 characterized by sudden starts and stops or other abrupt movements.
jerky2 beef or venison that has been preserved by being cut into long strips and dried.
jeroboam a large wine bottle that holds about four fifths of a gallon or about three liters.
Jerome Relocation Center a U.S. internment camp located in southeastern Arkansas that was built for the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. At its peak in late 1942, there were 8,500 people forcibly living there. After it was closed, the Jerome Center was converted into a holding camp for German prisoners of war.
jerry-build to build in a cheap, shoddy manner. [2 definitions]
jerry-built built in a cheap, shoddy manner. [2 definitions]
jerry can a flat-sided, narrow five-gallon container for liquids, esp. gasoline.
jersey a pullover knitted shirt, as is often worn by athletes. [3 definitions]
Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
Jerusalem artichoke a North American sunflower with yellow, rayed flowers and tuberous roots that are eaten as a vegetable. [2 definitions]
Jerusalem Bible an English language edition of the Bible, translated from the French, that was published in 1966 and is used esp. by Roman Catholics.
Jerusalem cherry either of two plants of the nightshade family, bearing small white flowers and orange or red berries.
Jerusalem oak a North American weed with lobed leaves and an odor like turpentine.
jess a short strap fastened around the leg of a falcon or hawk, to which a leash can be attached.
jest a humorous utterance or action; joke. [6 definitions]
jester someone who habitually jokes or acts playfully. [2 definitions]
Jesuit a member of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic religious order for men, founded in 1534 during the Counter-Reformation.
Jesus Christ the founder of Christianity (b.4? B.C.--d.29? A.D.); according to the New Testament, the savior foretold by Isaiah, considered by Christians to be the Messiah and son of God; Jesus of Nazareth. (See Christ.)
Jesus freak (offensive) a member of a young persons' fundamentalist group strongly committed to Jesus Christ and his teachings.
Jesús Hernández Cuban journalist, founder of the independent news agency, Cooperativa Avileña de Periodistas Independientes (CAPI), and recipient of the 1999 International Press Freedom Award (b. 1974).
jet1 a stream of fluid or gas shooting from an opening, usu. with great pressure. [5 definitions]