Definition of skunkworks in English:

skunkworks

Syllabification: skunk·works
Pronunciation: /ˈskəNGkˌwərks
 
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(also skunk works)

noun

[usually treated as singular] US informal
  • An experimental laboratory or department of a company or institution, typically smaller than and independent of its main research division.
    More example sentences
    • Now, thanks to a combination of a skunkworks project within Google, and an enterprising Java developer, Google has done much to close the gap.
    • Our multimedia skunkworks has experimented with file recovery programs that restore deleted images on removable media.
    • Another drawback of the skunkworks approach is that it may create a climate of us and them.

Origin

1970s: allegedly from an association with the Skonk Works, an illegal still in the Li'l Abner comic strip.

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