Definition of mackerel in English:


Line breaks: mack|erel
Pronunciation: /ˈmak(ə)r(ə)l

noun (plural same or mackerels)

  • A predatory marine fish with a greenish-blue back, important as a food fish.
    • Scomber and other genera, family Scombridae (the mackerel family): many species, in particular the North Atlantic mackerel (S. scombrus)
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    • Most scombrids (tunas, mackerels, and bonitos) are important food, commercial, and sport fishes.
    • Vitamin D is found in egg yolk, butter and oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, herring and sardine.
    • Barracuda eat squid and small fish such as sardines, anchovies, young mackerels and grunions.


Middle English: from Old French maquerel, of unknown origin.

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