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Definition of "mackerel" []

  • Any of several widely distributed marine fishes of the family Scombridae, especially the Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), an important food fish having dark wavy bars on the back and a silvery belly. (noun)
  • Any of the smaller fishes of the suborder Scombroidea, such as the Spanish mackerel. (noun)
  • Any of various similar fishes. (noun)
  • A spiny-finned food fish, Scomber scombrus, occurring in northern coastal regions of the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean: family Scombridae. It has a deeply forked tail and a greenish-blue body marked with wavy dark bands on the back (noun)

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  • Any of various other fishes of the family Scombridae, such as Scomber colias (Spanish mackerel) and S. japonicus (Pacific mackerel) (noun)

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Use "mackerel" in a sentence
  • "Another problem with mackerel is that once a prisoner's sentence is up, there's little to do with it -- the fish can't be redeemed for cash, and has little value on the outside."
  • "The sky was what is called a mackerel sky—rows and rows of faint down-plumes of cloud, just tinted with the midsummer sunset."
  • "Gavin and Grandad were fishing for mackerel from the harbor wall when the seal popped its head out of the water."