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 for Mackerel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mackerel \Mack"er*el\, n. [OF. maquerel, F. maquereau, fr. D.
     makelaar mediator, agent, fr. makelen to act as agent.]
     A pimp; also, a bawd. [Obs.] --Halliwell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mackerel \Mack`er*el\, n. [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.]
     Any species of the genus Scomber of the family
     Scombridae, and of several related genera. They are finely
     formed and very active oceanic fishes. Most of them are
     highly prized for food.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: 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.
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     Bull mackerel, Chub mackerel. (Zool.) See under Chub.
     Frigate mackerel. See under Frigate.
     Horse mackerel . See under Horse.
     Mackerel bird (Zool.), the wryneck; -- so called because it
        arrives in England at the time when mackerel are in
     Mackerel cock (Zool.), the Manx shearwater; -- so called
        because it precedes the appearance of the mackerel on the
        east coast of Ireland.
     Mackerel guide. (Zool.) See Garfish
     (a) .
     Mackerel gull (Zool.) any one of several species of gull
        which feed upon or follow mackerel, as the kittiwake.
     Mackerel midge (Zool.), a very small oceanic gadoid fish of
        the North Atlantic. It is about an inch and a half long
        and has four barbels on the upper jaw. It is now
        considered the young of the genus Onos, or Motella.
     Mackerel plow, an instrument for creasing the sides of lean
        mackerel to improve their appearance. --Knight.
     Mackerel shark (Zool.), the porbeagle.
     Mackerel sky, or Mackerel-back sky, a sky flecked with
        small white clouds; a cirro-cumulus. See Cloud.
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              Mackerel sky and mare's-tails
              Make tall ships carry low sails.      --Old Rhyme.
        [1913 Webster] mackerel scad

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: flesh of very important usually small (to 18 in) fatty
           Atlantic fish
      2: any of various fishes of the family Scombridae

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