What does Mackerel mean?

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ˈmæk ər əl, ˈmæk rəlMack·er·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mackerel(noun)

    flesh of very important usually small (to 18 in) fatty Atlantic fish

  2. mackerel(noun)

    any of various fishes of the family Scombridae


  1. mackerel(Noun)

    An edible fish of the family Scombridae, often speckled.

  2. Origin: From maquerel, from a source.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mackerel(noun)

    a pimp; also, a bawd

  2. Mackerel(noun)

    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

  3. Origin: [OF. maquerel, F. maquereau, fr. D. makelaar mediator, agent, fr. makelen to act as agent.]


  1. Mackerel

    Mackerel is a common name applied to a number of different species of pelagic fish, mostly, but not exclusively, from the family Scombridae. They are found in both temperate and tropical seas, mostly living along the coast or offshore in the oceanic environment. Mackerel typically have vertical stripes on their backs and deeply forked tails. Many species are restricted in their distribution ranges, and live in separate populations or fish stocks based on geography. Some stocks migrate in large schools along the coast to suitable spawning grounds, where they spawn in fairly shallow waters. After spawning they return the way they came, in smaller schools, to suitable feeding grounds often near an area of upwelling. From there they may move offshore into deeper waters and spend the winter in relative inactivity. Other stocks migrate across oceans. Smaller mackerel are forage fish for larger predators, including larger mackerel. Flocks of seabirds, as well as whales, dolphins, sharks and schools of larger fish such as tuna and marlin follow mackerel schools and attack them in sophisticated and cooperative ways. Mackerel is high in omega-3 oils and is intensively harvested by humans. In 2009, over five millions tonnes were landed by commercial fishermen. Sport fisherman value the fighting abilities of the king mackerel.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mackerel

    The Scomber vulgaris, a well-known sea-fish.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Mackerel

    From the Danish mackreel, “spots.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mackerel in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mackerel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Mackerel in a Sentence

  1. Joana Carmo:

    Anisakis can infect salmon, herring, cod, mackerel, squids, halibut and red snapper.

  2. Hiroki Okada:

    We also add kusaya, a sun-dried salted horse mackerel that gives off the smell of dog dung.

  3. Tony Danza:

    It was like, Holy mackerel! I get to sing that? I'm in! it's the best score I've heard since 'West Side Story.'.

  4. Vincent van Gogh:

    The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.

  5. Ashley Roman:

    We still recommend that women avoid the fish that are highest in mercury like catfish, shark, swordfish and giant mackerel, typically the larger fish that have longer lifespans and they tend to concentrate more mercury in their tissue.

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