- a powerful mackerel shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Origin of mako
Examples from the Web for mako
Scientists estimate these sharks, the ancestors of the modern day mako shark, could grow larger than 50 feet long.Shark Week Is Lying Again: Megalodon Is Definitely Extinct
August 15, 2014
“I belong to at least 20 groups,” said Amit Slonim, an editor and writer at Mako.Israel, Hamas, WhatsApp and Hacked Phones in the Gaza Psy-War
July 26, 2014
We vanish like the small fish before the hunger of the mako.
Anna saw the mako at the same moment, and made a great splashing.
The latter variety was originally known by a different name, Mako Jumel.The Story of the Cotton Plant
I could see the mako turn in the water, as he must do to take anything into his mouth.
- any shark of the genus Isurus, esp I. glaucus of Indo-Pacific and Australian seas: family Isuridae
- NZ the teeth of the mako worn as a decoration by early Māoris
- Also called: wineberry a small evergreen New Zealand tree, Aristotelia serrata: family Elaeocarpaceae
- NZ another name for bellbird (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for mako
"large blue shark," listed as 1727 in OED, from "The History of Japan," English translation of Engelbert Kaempfer's German manuscript; however this is claimed by some to be an error, and some say Kaempfer's word represents Japanese makkô(-kujira) "sperm whale." But the description in the text fits neither the shark nor the whale. The word is ultimately from Maori mako "shark, shark's tooth," which is of uncertain etymology. If the 1727 citation is an error, the next OED entry is for 1820, from a book on New Zealand languages.