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horse mackerel

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noun
  1. bluefin tuna.
  2. jack mackerel.
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Origin of horse mackerel

First recorded in 1695–1705
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Historical Examples

  • An oceanic fish, well-known as the bonito or horse-mackerel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • An old Cornish name for the tunny, or a scomber, larger than the horse-mackerel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The horse-mackerel had regained consciousness and was making the fact known.

    Motor Matt's Race

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • What's that you're grumbling there, like a dead northeaster, you horse-mackerel?

    The Pilot

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • And the motorboats have frightened all the horse-mackerel away.


British Dictionary definitions for horse mackerel

horse mackerel

noun
  1. Also called: scad a mackerel-like carangid fish, Trachurus of European Atlantic waters, with a row of bony scales along the lateral lineSometimes called (US): saurel
  2. any of various large tunnies or related fishes
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