Frigate mackerel
Frigate Frig"ate, n. [F. fr['e]gate, It. fregata, prob. contracted fr. L. fabricata something constructed or built. See {Fabricate}.] 1. Originally, a vessel of the Mediterranean propelled by sails and by oars. The French, about 1650, transferred the name to larger vessels, and by 1750 it had been appropriated for a class of war vessels intermediate between corvettes and ships of the line. Frigates, from about 1750 to 1850, had one full battery deck and, often, a spar deck with a lighter battery. They carried sometimes as many as fifty guns. After the application of steam to navigation steam frigates of largely increased size and power were built, and formed the main part of the navies of the world till about 1870, when the introduction of ironclads superseded them. [Formerly spelled {frigat} and {friggot}.] [1913 Webster]

2. Any small vessel on the water. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{Frigate bird} (Zo["o]l.), a web-footed rapacious bird, of the genus {Fregata}; -- called also {man-of-war bird}, and {frigate pelican}. Two species are known; that of the Southern United States and West Indies is {F. aquila}. They are remarkable for their long wings and powerful flight. Their food consists of fish which they obtain by robbing gulls, terns, and other birds, of their prey. They are related to the pelicans.

{Frigate mackerel} (Zo["o]l.), an oceanic fish ({Auxis Rochei}) of little or no value as food, often very abundant off the coast of the United States.

{Frigate pelican}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Frigate bird}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Frigate mackerel — Mackerel Mack er*el, n. [OF. maquerel, F. maquereau (LL. macarellus), prob. for maclereau, fr. L. macula a spot, in allusion to the markings on the fish. See {Mail} armor.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of the genus {Scomber} of the family {Scombridae} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frigate mackerel — paprastasis skumbrinis tunas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Auxis thazard angl. bullet mackerel; frigate mackerel; narrow corseleted frigate mackerel; plain bonito; round frigate mackerel rus.… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • frigate mackerel — skersadryžis skumbrinis tunas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Auxis rochei angl. bullet mackerel; frigate mackerel; plain bonito; wide corseleted frigate mackerel rus. макрелетунец; поперечнополосатая …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • frigate mackerel — noun : a small scombroid fish (Auxis thazard) that is bluish green above and silvery beneath and often marked with black spots or wavy bars and that is very oily and little sought for food or game though widely available in warm seas * * * a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • frigate mackerel — a small, blue green, black striped fish, Auxis thazard, abundant in tropical seas, having dark, oily flesh that is sometimes used as food. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • narrow-corseleted frigate mackerel — paprastasis skumbrinis tunas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Auxis thazard angl. bullet mackerel; frigate mackerel; narrow corseleted frigate mackerel; plain bonito; round frigate mackerel rus.… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • round frigate mackerel — paprastasis skumbrinis tunas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Auxis thazard angl. bullet mackerel; frigate mackerel; narrow corseleted frigate mackerel; plain bonito; round frigate mackerel rus.… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • wide-corseleted frigate mackerel — skersadryžis skumbrinis tunas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Auxis rochei angl. bullet mackerel; frigate mackerel; plain bonito; wide corseleted frigate mackerel rus. макрелетунец; поперечнополосатая …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • Mackerel — Mack er*el, n. [OF. maquerel, F. maquereau (LL. macarellus), prob. for maclereau, fr. L. macula a spot, in allusion to the markings on the fish. See {Mail} armor.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of the genus {Scomber} of the family {Scombridae}, and of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mackerel bird — Mackerel Mack er*el, n. [OF. maquerel, F. maquereau (LL. macarellus), prob. for maclereau, fr. L. macula a spot, in allusion to the markings on the fish. See {Mail} armor.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of the genus {Scomber} of the family {Scombridae} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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