Mako shark


[mey-koh, mah-]
noun, plural makos.
a powerful mackerel shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Also called mako shark.

1720–30; < Maori Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
mako1 (ˈmɑːkəʊ)
n , pl -kos
1.  any shark of the genus Isurus, esp I. glaucus of Indo-Pacific and Australian seas: family Isuridae
2.  (NZ) the teeth of the mako worn as a decoration by early Māoris
[from Māori]

mako or mako-mako2 (ˈmɑːkəʊ, ˈmɑːkəʊˌmɑːkəʊ)
n , pl -kos
1.  Also called: wineberry a small evergreen New Zealand tree, Aristotelia serrata: family Elaeocarpaceae
2.  (NZ) another name for bellbird
[from Māori]
mako-mako or mako-mako2
[from Māori]

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Word Origin & History

"large blue shark," listed as 1727 in OED, from "The History of Japan," Eng. transl. of Engelbert Kaempfer's Ger. manuscript; however this is claimed by some to be an error, and some say Kaempfer's word represents Japanese makkô(-kujira) "sperm whale." But the description in the text fits neither
the shark nor the whale. The word is ult. from Maori mako "shark, shark's tooth," of uncertain etymology. If the 1727 is an error, the next entry is for 1820, from a book on New Zealand languages.
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