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mackerel

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noun mack·er·el \ˈma-k(ə-)rəl\

Simple Definition of mackerel

  • : a large fish that lives in the northern Atlantic Ocean and is often eaten as food

Full Definition of mackerel

plural mackerel or mackerels

  1. 1 :  a scombroid fish (Scomber scombrus of the family Scombridae) of the North Atlantic that is green above with dark blue bars and silvery below and is a commercially important food fish

  2. 2 :  any of various fishes (as the wahoo and king mackerel) in the same family as the mackerel especially when distinguished from the related bonito or tuna by a comparatively smaller size

Illustration of mackerel

Origin of mackerel

Middle English makerel, from Anglo-French


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with mackerel




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