mackerel shark


: any of a family (Lamnidae) of large sharks of tropical to cool temperate oceans that have a pointed snout and relatively few, large teeth and include the great white shark and mako sharks
especially : porbeagle

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Megalodon was a colossal species of mackerel shark that stalked the oceans 3.6 to 23 million years ago. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2022 Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon researchers produced a skillful ten-year cod forecast, ecologists found that the age of a lobster can be determined by its DNA, and paleontologists sought to determine why so few species of mackerel shark are alive today. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Orange Beach, with the nickname Mako – a large mackerel shark – will start its varsity football existence in Class 2A, Region 1. al, 12 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mackerel shark was in 1819

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“Mackerel shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

mackerel shark

mack·​er·​el shark ˈmak-(ə-)rəl- How to pronounce mackerel shark (audio)
: any of a family (Lamnidae) of large aggressive pelagic sharks that include the great white shark

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