The common mackerel (Scomber scombrus), which inhabits both sides of the North Atlantic, is one of the most important food fishes. It is mottled with green and blue. The Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus), of the American coast, is covered with bright yellow circular spots. Bull mackerel, Chub mackerel.
Origin: OF. Maquerel, F. Maquereau (LL. Macarellus), prob. For maclereau, fr. L. Macula a spot, in allusion to the markings on the fish. See Mail armor.
(01 Mar 1998)
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