mackerel[mak′ər əl, mak′rəl]
mackerel definition by Webster's New World
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mackerel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. mackerel mackerel or mack·er·els
- 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.
- Any of the smaller fishes of the suborder Scombroidea, such as the Spanish mackerel.
- Any of various similar fishes.
Origin: Middle English makerel, from Old French maquerel.
Variant of mackerel