skunk worksskunk works
- a team or division engaged in special research and development, typically in isolation
- the facilities of such a team or division
Origin of skunk worksafter the Skonk Works, a moonshine still in Li'l Abner, American comic strip by Al Capp (pseud. of Alfred Caplin, 1909-79): later a trademark of Lockheed Martin Corp.
- A loosely organized research and development team or facility.
Since c. 1943 Skunk Works was the nickname of Lockheed Advanced Development Projects, eventually gaining official recognition. The name is derived from a mysterious, foul-smelling "skonk oil"-brewing facility called the Skonk Works in the comic strip L'il Abner by Al Capp.