(Ja"gua palm`) [Sp. jagua the fruit of the jagua palm.] (Bot.) A great Brazilian palm having
immense spathes which are used for baskets and tubs.
(Ja*guar") n. [Braz. yagoára: cf. & Pg. jaguar.] (Zoöl.) A large and powerful feline animal ranging
from Texas and Mexico to Patagonia. It is usually brownish yellow, with large, dark, somewhat angular
rings, each generally inclosing one or two dark spots. It is chiefly arboreal in its habits. Called also the
(||Ja`gua*ron"di) n. [Native name.] (Zoöl.) A South American wild cat (Felis jaguarondi),
having a long, slim body and very short legs. Its color is grayish brown, varied with a blackish hue. It is
arboreal in its habits and feeds mostly on birds.
(Jah) n. [Heb. yah.] Jehovah. Ps. lxviii. 4.
(Jail) n. [OE. jaile, gail, gayhol, OF. gaole, gaiole, jaiole, F. geôle, LL. gabiola, dim. of gabia
cage, for L. cavea cavity, cage. See Cage.] A kind of prison; a building for the confinement of persons
held in lawful custody, especially for minor offenses or with reference to some future judicial proceeding.
[Written also gaol.]
This jail I count the house of liberty.Milton. Jail bird, a prisoner; one who has been confined in prison. [Slang] Jail delivery, the release of
prisoners from jail, either legally or by violence. Jail delivery commission. See under Gaol.
Jail fever (Med.), typhus fever, or a disease resembling it, generated in jails and other places crowded
with people; called also hospital fever, and ship fever. Jail liberties, or Jail limits, a space
or district around a jail within which an imprisoned debtor was, on certain conditions, allowed to go at
large. Abbott. Jail lock, a peculiar form of padlock; called also Scandinavian lock.
(Jail), v. t. To imprison. [R.] T. Adams
[Bolts] that jail you from free life.Tennyson.