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Definition of MACKEREL

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Mackerel \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. [1913 Webster]

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Mackerel \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.] (Zool.) Any species of the genus {Scomber} of the family {Scombridae}, and of several related genera. They are finely formed and very active oceanic fishes. Most of them are highly prized for food. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     {Bull mackerel}, {Chub mackerel}. (Zool.) See under {Chub}.


     {Frigate mackerel}. See under {Frigate}.

     {Horse mackerel} . See under {Horse}.

     {Mackerel bird} (Zool.), the wryneck; -- so called because it arrives in England at the time when mackerel are in season.

     {Mackerel cock} (Zool.), the Manx shearwater; -- so called because it precedes the appearance of the mackerel on the east coast of Ireland.

     {Mackerel guide}. (Zool.) See {Garfish}
     (a) .

     {Mackerel gull} (Zool.) any one of several species of gull which feed upon or follow mackerel, as the kittiwake.

     {Mackerel midge} (Zool.), 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} (Zool.), the porbeagle.

     {Mackerel sky}, or {Mackerel-back sky}, a sky flecked with small white clouds; a cirro-cumulus. See {Cloud}. [1913 Webster]

              Mackerel sky and mare's-tails
              Make tall ships carry low sails.      --Old Rhyme. [1913 Webster] mackerel scad
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