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

Examples of mackerel shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The temperature of mackerel sharks also tends to vary across different body parts. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 26 June 2023 Megalodon was a white or mackerel shark, related to today’s great white shark. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2023 Megalodon is a mackerel shark, as is today’s great white shark. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2023 Massive prehistoric marine creatures like the megalodon, a mackerel shark thought to have been more than 50 feet long, lived and died in what is now the Cooper River, a short, wide river that begins at Lake Moultrie and eventually empties into Charleston Harbor. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2023 Among the small remains found in the wreckage and debris was a turquoise and gold necklace made from the tooth of a Megalodon, a massive species of extinct mackerel shark that lived approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago. Mario Abad, Robb Report, 26 May 2023 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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“Mackerel shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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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