jack mackerel

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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

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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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