mackerel

noun mack·er·el \ ˈma-k(ə-)rəl \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of mackerel

plural mackerel or mackerels
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 : 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

noun

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

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

Definition of mackerel for Students

plural mackerel or mackerels
: 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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