king mackerel


: a mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla) of the western Atlantic Ocean that is noted especially as a fighting sport fish

Examples of king mackerel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No need to tip the hooks with squid or shrimp, but get your baits aboard quickly, as opportunistic king mackerel and barracuda love helping themselves to an easy meal. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 7 Mar. 2024 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists top predator species—including tilefish, swordfish, sharks, and king mackerel—as the fish with the highest levels of mercury. Gia Mora, Treehugger, 8 Mar. 2023 Want to troll for king mackerel or striped bass? Popular Science, 25 June 2020 It’s the secret sauce that adds surprising dimension to meaty chunks of thora fish, or king mackerel. Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2022 The fish highest in mercury include king mackerel, marlin, bigeye tuna and swordfish. Good Housekeeping, 24 Aug. 2022 The element then enters the atmosphere and is passed up the food chain from one organism to another, sometimes accumulating in high quantities in predatory fish like shark, swordfish and king mackerel. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Sometimes those predators - speckled trout, redfish, black drum, pompano, even the occasional tarpon and king mackerel - plow into the congregations of forage. Shannon Tompkins, Chron, 11 June 2021 Additional jackpot tickets are available: Red Snapper ($50 per angler), big game ($350 per boat), king mackerel ($200 per boat) and speckled trout ($35 per angler). al, 21 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of king mackerel was circa 1930

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“King mackerel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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king mackerel

: a mackerel of the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean that is a food and sport fish

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