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mako

[ mey-koh, mah- ]
/ ˈmeɪ koʊ, ˈmɑ- /
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noun, plural ma·kos.
a powerful mackerel shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
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Also called mako shark .

Origin of mako

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1720–30
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British Dictionary definitions for mako (1 of 2)

mako1
/ (ˈmɑːkəʊ) /

noun plural -kos
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

Word Origin for mako

from Māori

British Dictionary definitions for mako (2 of 2)

mako2

mako-mako (ˈmɑːkəʊˌmɑːkəʊ)

/ (ˈmɑːkəʊ) /

noun plural -kos
Also called: wineberry a small evergreen New Zealand tree, Aristotelia serrata: family Elaeocarpaceae
NZ another name for bellbird (def. 2)

Word Origin for mako

from Māori
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