Spanish mackerel

  1. an American game fish, Scomberomorus maculatus, inhabiting the Atlantic Ocean.
  2. any of various similar scombroid fishes.
  3. (in California) the jack mackerel.

Origin of Spanish mackerel

An Americanism dating back to 1660–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for spanish mackerel

Spanish mackerel

  1. Also called: kingfish any scombroid food fish of the genus Scomberomorus, esp S. maculatus, of American coastal regions of the Atlantic: family Scombridae (mackerels, tunnies, etc)
  2. a mackerel, Scomber colias, of European and E North American coasts that is similar to the common Atlantic mackerel
  3. any of various related marine food fishes, esp Scomberomerus Commerson
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