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  1. Jager(noun)

    a sharpshooter. See Yager

  2. Jager(noun)

    any species of gull of the genus Stercorarius. Three species occur on the Atlantic coast. The jagers pursue other species of gulls and force them to disgorge their prey. The two middle tail feathers are usually decidedly longer than the rest. Called also boatswain, and marline-spike bird. The name is also applied to the skua, or Arctic gull (Megalestris skua)

  3. Origin: [G. jger a hunter, a sportsman. Cf. Yager.]

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  1. Jäger

    Jäger is a German military term adopted during the Age of Enlightenment in German-speaking states to describe elite light infantry, especially skirmishers. The military usage of Jäger, which literally means "hunter" in German, is similar to that of Schütze, which literally means "shooter". While both terms continue, in some modern instances, to carry their original and literal connotations, both have broadened in usage over time. For instance, Feldjäger was the name given by the Prussian Army to military police. During the 20th century Jägerflugzeug became the German word for fighter aircraft, while Panzerjäger was the name adopted for tank destroyers. Jäger, in its original sense of light infantry, is usually translated into English as: ⁕"rifleman" or "Rifles" and; ⁕"ranger". In English Jäger is often written as jaeger or anglicised as jager to avoid the umlaut.


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