jack mackerel


Definition of jack mackerel

: any of several medium to large food and sport fishes (genus Trachurus): such as
a : a fish of the northern Pacific Ocean (Trachurus symmetricus) that is iridescent green or bluish above and silvery below
b : a fish of the southern Pacific Ocean (Trachurus murphyi) that was formerly considered a subspecies (T. symmetricus murphyi) of the northern Pacific jack mackerel
c : a fish (Trachurus novaezelandiae) of Australian and New Zealand waters that has a yellow tail fin

Examples of jack mackerel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the northern Pacific, for example, the preferred habitat of two commercial species, jack mackerel and canary rockfish, could nearly double in size. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Warming seas may scramble North America’s fishing industry," 16 May 2018 In their place were warmer water fish like jack mackerel and pompano, and a small plankton-eating creature called a pyrozome. Bill Monroe, OregonLive.com, "Trout fishing event Saturday in Gresham is free; bring kids," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of jack mackerel

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Jack mackerel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack%20mackerel. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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