horse mackerel

horse mackerel
Tuna Tu"na, n. [Cf. {Tunny}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) any one of several species of large oceanic fishes belonging to the mackerel family {Scombridae}, especially the {bluefin tuna} ({Thunnus thynnus}, formerly {Orcynus thynnus} or {Albacora thynnus}), called also the {common tunny} or {great tunny}, a native of the Mediterranean Sea and of temperate parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It sometimes weighs a thousand pounds or more, and is caught commercially in large quantity for use as food; -- also called, especially in Britain, {tunny}. It is also one of the favorite fishes used by the Japanese in preparing sushi. On the American coast, especially in New England, it is sometimes called the {horse mackerel}. Another well-known species is the {yellowfin tuna} ({Thunnus albacares}) of warm seas. the See Illust. of {Horse mackerel}, under {Horse}.

Note: The little tunny ({Gymnosarda alletterata}) of the Mediterranean and North Atlantic, and the long-finned tunny, or albacore ({Thunnus alalunga}) (see {Albacore}), are related species of smaller size. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The bonito, 2. [1913 Webster]

3. the meat of the tuna, used as food; -- also called {tuna fish}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Horse 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

  • Horse mackerel — is the popular name of various large fishes, such as the tuna, and the scad or saurel of the Pacific coast:*Australian bonito (Sarda australis) *various Jack mackerels *Pilot Fish …   Wikipedia

  • Horse Mackerel — is a common name for a range of species of fish throughout the English speaking world. It is commonly applied to small pelagic fishes, particularly those of the genus Trachurus or Caranx …   Wikipedia

  • horse mackerel — n. 1. any of various large tuna 2. any of various jack fishes (genus Trachurus) having a bony plate along the entire lateral line …   English World dictionary

  • horse mackerel — Tunny Tun ny (t[u^]n n[y^]), n.; pl. {Tunnies}. [L. thunnus, thynnus, Gr. qy nnos, qy^nos: cf. It. tonno, F. & Pr. thon.] (Zo[ o]l.) The chiefly British equivalent of {tuna}; any one of several species of large oceanic fishes belonging to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horse mackerel — Jurel Ju rel, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A yellow carangoid fish of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts ({Caranx chrysos}), most abundant southward, where it is valued as a food fish; called also {hardtail}, {horse crevall[ e]}, {jack}, {buffalo jack}, {skipjack},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horse mackerel — Albacore Al ba*core, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A name applied to several large fishes of the Mackerel family ({Scombridae}), esp. {Thunnus alalunga} (formerly {Orcynus alalonga}); it is a type of tuna or tunny. The name has been also applied to a larger… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horse mackerel — paprastoji stauridė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Trachurus trachurus trachurus angl. buck mackerel; common scad; horse mackerel; maasbanker; rough scad; saurel rus. европейская средиземноморско… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • horse mackerel — /ˈhɔs mækərəl/ (say haws makuhruhl) noun (plural horse mackerel or horse mackerels) 1. any of several carangid fishes of the genus Trachurus as T. declivis and T. novae zelandiae, found in Australian waters or T. symmetricus, of the Pacific coast …   Australian English dictionary

  • horse mackerel — Saurel Sau rel, n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any carangoid fish of the genus {Trachurus}, especially {T. trachurus}, or {T. saurus}, of Europe and America, and {T. picturatus} of California. Called also {skipjack}, and {horse mackerel}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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