Flukes


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Flukes

 

the name of two groups of parasitic flatworms that were formerly united in a single class. Today flukes are regarded as two independent classes—Tremantoda and Monogenoidea.

References in classic literature ?
It emerged at once bearing on one fluke, with a ridiculous air of fastidious selection, a small child's chair, and pursued by a maddened shopman.
I had to keep guessing at the channel; I had to discern, mostly by inspiration, the signs of hidden banks; I watched for sunken stones; I was learning to clap my teeth smartly before my heart flew out, when I shaved by a fluke some infernal sly old snag that would have ripped the life out of the tin-pot steamboat and drowned all the pilgrims; I had to keep a look-out for the signs of dead wood we could cut up in the night for next day's steaming.
Your - shall we say capture, was by way of being a gigantic fluke.