Spanish mackerel


: a large mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus) that is bluish above with oval brown spots on the sides, is found off the Atlantic coast of North America from Cape Cod to the Yucatán, and is an important food and game fish

Examples of Spanish mackerel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others traditionally caught off Japan’s southern shores, like yellowtail or Spanish mackerel, are reappearing in northern waters, according to industry groups. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 23 Aug. 2023 Charter companies like Captain Smiley Fishing Charters have captains who know how to navigate these waters and where to find the best Spanish mackerel, flounder and redfish. Roger Sands, Forbes, 5 May 2023 The author after catching a Spanish mackerel. Daniel McGinn,, 25 Nov. 2022 Workers would catch and filet Spanish mackerel, trevally, and snapper to spice up the menu. Mickey Rapkin, Town & Country, 3 Feb. 2022 Large predatory reef fish are typically considered higher risk for ciguatera poisoning, like barracuda or Spanish mackerel. Brianna Randall, Discover Magazine, 12 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1666, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Spanish mackerel was in 1666

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“Spanish mackerel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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