jack mackerel

noun
|Updated on: 27 May 2018

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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1882

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