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}, and of several related genera. They are finely formed and very active oceanic fishes. Most of them are highly prized for food. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common mackerel ({Scomber scombrus}), which inhabits both sides of the North Atlantic, is one of the most important food fishes. It is mottled with green and blue. The Spanish mackerel ({Scomberomorus maculatus}), of the American coast, is covered with bright yellow circular spots. [1913 Webster]

{Bull mackerel}, {Chub mackerel}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Chub}.

{Frigate mackerel}. See under {Frigate}.

{Horse mackerel} . See under {Horse}.

{Mackerel bird} (Zo["o]l.), the wryneck; -- so called because it arrives in England at the time when mackerel are in season.

{Mackerel cock} (Zo["o]l.), the Manx shearwater; -- so called because it precedes the appearance of the mackerel on the east coast of Ireland.

{Mackerel guide}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Garfish} (a) .

{Mackerel gull} (Zo["o]l.) any one of several species of gull which feed upon or follow mackerel, as the kittiwake.

{Mackerel midge} (Zo["o]l.), a very small oceanic gadoid fish of the North Atlantic. It is about an inch and a half long and has four barbels on the upper jaw. It is now considered the young of the genus {Onos}, or {Motella}.

{Mackerel plow}, an instrument for creasing the sides of lean mackerel to improve their appearance. --Knight.

{Mackerel shark} (Zo["o]l.), the porbeagle.

{Mackerel sky}, or {Mackerel-back sky}, a sky flecked with small white clouds; a cirro-cumulus. See {Cloud}. [1913 Webster]

Mackerel sky and mare's-tails Make tall ships carry low sails. --Old Rhyme. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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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