Pronunciation: ( jum'bō), [key]
—n., pl. -bos,
1. a very large person, animal, or thing.
2. See jumbo jet.
3. U.S. Naut.
a. a forestaysail having a boom (jum'bo boom") along its foot, used esp. on schooners.
b. a sail used in place of a course on a square-rigged ship, having the form of an isosceles triangle set apex downward.
c. a narrow triangular sail set point downward in place of a foresail on a topsail schooner.
very large: the jumbo box of cereal.
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