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Spanish mackerel

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

An Americanism dating back to 1660–70
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British Dictionary definitions for spanish mackerel

Spanish mackerel

noun
  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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