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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What to do: To follow the Mediterranean diet, swap the red meat on your plate for fish (preferably fatty varieties such as salmon and mackerel), and eat leafy greens such as kale and spinach daily.
The crappie fishing remains good in the Redbud area on jigs and minnows, while action for catfish is pretty good in the Cache Creek area on cut mackerel or anchovies.
Aim for two servings of fatty fish, which also include herring, mackerel and sardines, two times a week, Sotnick said.
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Origin and Etymology of mackerel
Middle English makerel, from Anglo-French
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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
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Definition of mackerel for Students
: 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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