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Meaning of MACKEREL

Pronunciation:  'makurul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of various fishes of the family Scombridae
  2. [n]  flesh of very important usually small (to 18 in) fatty Atlantic fish

MACKEREL is a 8 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: Acanthocybium solandri, chub mackerel, common mackerel, common mackerel, family Scombridae, saltwater fish, Scomber colias, Scomber japonicus, Scomber scombrus, Scomber scombrus, Scombridae, scombroid, scombroid fish, shiner, shiner, smoked mackerel, Spanish mackerel, Spanish mackerel, tinker, wahoo



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mack"er*el\, n. [OF. maquerel, F. maquereau, fr. D.
    makelaar mediator, agent, fr. makelen to act as agent.]
    A pimp; also, a bawd. [Obs.] --Halliwell.
  2. \Mack`er*el\, n. [OF. maquerel, F. maquereau (LL.
    macarellus), prob. for maclereau, fr. L. macula a spot, in
    allusion to the markings on the fish. See {Mail} armor.]
    Any species of the genus {Scomber}, and of several related
    genera. They are finely formed and very active oceanic
    fishes. Most of them are highly prized for food.
    Note: The common mackerel ({Scomber scombrus}), which
          inhabits both sides of the North Atlantic, is one of
          the most important food fishes. It is mottled with
          green and blue. The Spanish mackerel ({Scomberomorus
          maculatus}), of the American coast, is covered with
          bright yellow circular spots.
    {Bull mackerel}, {Chub mackerel}. (Zo["o]l.) See under
    {Frigate mackerel}. See under {Frigate}.
    {Horse mackerel} . See under {Horse}.
    {Mackerel bird} (Zo["o]l.), the wryneck; -- so called because
       it arrives in England at the time when mackerel are in
    {Mackerel cock} (Zo["o]l.), the Manx shearwater; -- so called
       because it precedes the appearance of the mackerel on the
       east coast of Ireland.
    {Mackerel guide}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Garfish}
    (a) .
    {Mackerel gull} (Zo["o]l.) any one of several species of gull
       which feed upon or follow mackerel, as the kittiwake.
    {Mackerel midge} (Zo["o]l.), a very small oceanic gadoid fish
       of the North Atlantic. It is about an inch and a half long
       and has four barbels on the upper jaw. It is now
       considered the young of the genus {Onos}, or {Motella}.
    {Mackerel plow}, an instrument for creasing the sides of lean
       mackerel to improve their appearance. --Knight.
    {Mackerel shark} (Zo["o]l.), the porbeagle.
    {Mackerel sky}, or {Mackerel-back sky}, a sky flecked with
       small white clouds; a cirro-cumulus. See {Cloud}.
             Mackerel sky and mare's-tails Make tall ships carry
             low sails.                            --Old Rhyme.