mackerel

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noun mack·er·el \ˈma-k(ə-)rəl\

Definition of mackerel

plural

mackerel

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mackerels

  1. 1 :  a scombroid fish (Scomber scombrus of the family Scombridae) of the North Atlantic that is green above with dark blue bars and silvery below and is a commercially important food fish

  2. 2 :  any of various fishes (such as the wahoo and king mackerel) in the same family as the mackerel especially when distinguished from the related bonito or tuna by a comparatively smaller size

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Origin and Etymology of mackerel

Middle English makerel, from Anglo-French



MACKEREL Defined for English Language Learners

mackerel

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Definition of mackerel for English Language Learners

  • : a large fish that lives in the northern Atlantic Ocean and is often eaten as food


MACKEREL Defined for Kids

mackerel

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noun mack·er·el \ˈma-kə-rəl, ˈmak-rəl\

Definition of mackerel for Students

plural

mackerel

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mackerels

  1. :  a fish of the North Atlantic that is green above with blue bars and silvery below and is often used as food



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