Mackerel meaning

măkər-əl, măkrəl
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Any of various marine fishes of the family Scombridae, especially Scomber scombrus of the North Atlantic Ocean, a predatory food fish having dark wavy bars on the back and a silvery belly.
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Any of various similar fishes, such as the horse mackerels.
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Any of various scombroid fishes; esp., an edible fish (Scomber scombrus) of the North Atlantic, that has a greenish, blue-striped back and a silvery belly.
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An edible fish of the family Scombridae, often speckled.
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(obsolete) A pimp; also, a bawd.

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Origin of mackerel

  • Middle English makerel from Old French maquerel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French maquerel, French maquereau, from Dutch makelaar (“mediator, agent").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French maquerel, from a Germanic source.

    From Wiktionary