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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mackerel  \Mack"er*el\,  n.  [OF.  maquerel  F.  maquereau  fr  D. 
  makelaar  mediator,  agent,  fr  makelen  to  act  as  agent.] 
  A  pimp;  also  a  bawd.  [Obs.]  --Halliwell. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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.] 
  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. 
  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. 
  {Bull  mackerel},  {Chub  mackerel}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  under 
  {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 
  {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}. 
  Mackerel  sky  and  mare's-tails  Make  tall  ships  carry 
  low  sails.  --Old  Rhyme. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  flesh  of  very  important  usually  small  (to  18  in)  fatty 
  Atlantic  fish 
  2:  any  of  various  fishes  of  the  family  Scombridae 

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