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Old French . Further origin unknown. maquerel
mackerel ( plural mackerel or ) mackerels
edible fish of the family Scombridae, often speckled.
: 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, Mr. Pratt's Patients
Philander went into the next room [… ] and came back with a salt mackerel that dripped brine like a rainstorm. Then he put the coffee pot on the stove and rummaged out a loaf of dry bread and some hardtack.
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Etymology 2 [ edit ]
, from Middle English Old French , from maquerel Middle Dutch , makelare ( makelaer “ broker ”) (> ( makelaar “ broker, peddler ”)). See also French . maquereau
mackerel ( plural ) mackerels
( obsolete ) A pimp; also, a bawd.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)