mack·​er·​el | \ ˈma-k(ə-)rəl How to pronounce mackerel (audio) \
plural mackerel or mackerels

Definition of mackerel

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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The supplements contain omega-3 fatty acids, the polyunsaturated oils prominent in fatty cold water fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "Is It Time to Give Up on Fish Oil?," 26 Mar. 2018 For generations, Amuay’s fisherman have pulled snapper, mackerel, sardines, clams and crabs from these waters to feed their families and sell to wholesalers who cart the catch to markets and restaurants elsewhere. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "‘A Bomb on the Doorstep’: Venezuela Fishermen Fight an Oil Giant," 25 Feb. 2018 Doctors generally advise adults to eat at least two servings a week of oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and tuna that are rich in omega-3s, which are linked to a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Lisa Rapaport, Anchorage Daily News, "Regular consumption of seafood tied to more sex and faster conception," 21 June 2018 Fish oil supplements are capsules containing oil derived from the tissue of fatty fish (like salmon, mackerel, or sardines), where high concentrations of EPA and DHA are found. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "Everything You Should Know Before Taking Fish Oil Supplements," 21 Aug. 2018 Sources include fatty fish (salmon, sardines, mackerel), avocados and walnuts. Rochelle Koff, miamiherald, "You may feel like 20, but you can’t eat like one — the best foods to eat as you age | Miami Herald," 25 Mar. 2018 Live mullet or pogies are best for snook and mackerel. Mark Blythe,, "Cental Florida fishing forecast: June 25," 28 June 2018 Gus was made to forage for meals, pulling chicken from a rawhide wrapper and coaxing a frozen mackerel out of a block of ice. David Scharfenberg,, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 An almost silky consistency marks the mackerel that Soogil serves, nigiri-style, over wads of rice that have been seasoned with ssamjang (standing in for wasabi?) and wrapped in chard leaves. New York Times, "French Skills Meet Korean Flavors at Soogil in the East Village," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of mackerel

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mackerel

Middle English makerel, from Anglo-French

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English Language Learners Definition of mackerel

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


mack·​er·​el | \ ˈma-kə-rəl How to pronounce mackerel (audio) , ˈmak-rəl\
plural mackerel or mackerels

Kids Definition of mackerel

: 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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