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horse mackerel

Origin of horse mackerel
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The horse-mackerel had regained consciousness and was making the fact known.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
  • An oceanic fish, well-known as the bonito or horse-mackerel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They ride, some persons have told me, on the horse-mackerel, but of that I have no knowledge.

    Nautilus Laura E. Richards
  • An old Cornish name for the tunny, or a scomber, larger than the horse-mackerel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • What's that you're grumbling there, like a dead northeaster, you horse-mackerel?

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • And the motorboats have frightened all the horse-mackerel away.

  • horse-mackerel were seldom, if ever, used for food in this country until within a few years.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
  • No horse-mackerel need now be set adrift as worthless, as was formerly the custom.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
  • horse-mackerel are found singly on the coast all the year round, but sometimes they congregate in shoals of many thousands.

British Dictionary definitions for horse-mackerel

horse mackerel

Also called scad. a mackerel-like carangid fish, Trachurus of European Atlantic waters, with a row of bony scales along the lateral line Sometimes called (US) saurel
any of various large tunnies or related fishes
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