<zoology> A name applied to several large fishes of the Mackerel family, especially. Orcynus alalonga. One species (Orcynus thynnus), common in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, is called in new England the horse mackerel; the tunny.
Alternative forms: albacore.
Origin: F. Albicore (cf. Sp. Albacora, Pg. Albacor, albacora, albecora), fr. Ar. Bakr, bekr, a young camel, young cow, heifer, and the article al: cf. Pg. Bacoro a little pig.
(01 Mar 1998)
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