jack mackerel


: any of several medium to large food and sport fishes (genus Trachurus): such as
: a fish of the northern Pacific Ocean (Trachurus symmetricus) that is iridescent green or bluish above and silvery below
: a fish of the southern Pacific Ocean (Trachurus murphyi) that was formerly considered a subspecies (T. symmetricus murphyi) of the northern Pacific jack mackerel
: 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 Many of these are important fishery species, such as jack mackerel and swordfish, while others are rare and cannot be found elsewhere in the ocean. Priya Shukla, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 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, 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, 17 Oct. 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'jack mackerel.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jack mackerel was in 1882

Dictionary Entries Near jack mackerel

Cite this Entry

“Jack mackerel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack%20mackerel. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!