A team or division engaged in special research and development, typically in isolation.
The facilities of such a team or division.
Origin of skunk-works
- 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.