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Any of various marine fishes of the suborder Scombroidei, which includes the barracudas, mackerels, and tunas.

[New Latin Scombroīdeī, suborder name, from Latin scomber, scombr-, mackerel, from Greek skombros, probably of pre-Greek substrate origin.]

scom′broid′ adj.


(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Scombroidea, a suborder of marine spiny-finned fishes having a spindle-shaped body and a forked powerful tail: includes the mackerels, tunnies, bonitos, swordfish, and sailfish
(Animals) any fish belonging to the suborder Scombroidea
[C19: from Greek skombros a mackerel; see -oid]


(ˈskɒm brɔɪd)

1. resembling or related to the mackerel family Scombridae.
2. a mackerel or related scombroid fish.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scombroid - important marine food and game fishes found in all tropical and temperate seas; some are at least partially endothermic and can thrive in colder waters
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
Scombroidea, suborder Scombroidea - mackerels; tunas; albacores; bonitos; swordfishes; sailfishes
mackerel - any of various fishes of the family Scombridae
tunny, tuna - any very large marine food and game fish of the genus Thunnus; related to mackerel; chiefly of warm waters
bonito - any of various scombroid fishes intermediate in size and characteristics between mackerels and tunas
Euthynnus pelamis, skipjack, skipjack tuna - oceanic schooling tuna of considerable value in Pacific but less in Atlantic; reaches 75 pounds; very similar to if not the same as oceanic bonito
Katsuwonus pelamis, oceanic bonito, bonito - fish whose flesh is dried and flaked for Japanese cookery; may be same species as skipjack tuna
Xiphias gladius, swordfish - large toothless marine food fish with a long swordlike upper jaw; not completely cold-blooded i.e. they are able to warm their brains and eyes: worldwide in warm waters but feed on cold ocean floor coming to surface at night
sailfish - large pelagic game fish having an elongated upper jaw and long dorsal fin that resembles a sail
billfish - giant warm-water game fish having a prolonged and rounded toothless upper jaw
louvar, Luvarus imperialis - large silvery fish found worldwide in warm seas but nowhere common; resembles a whale and feeds on plankton
squaretail - sluggish square-tailed fish armored with tough bony scales; of deep warm waters
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First, health inspector Peter DeLucia uncovers the outrageous things restaurants do that make you sick - from menus that have more bacteria than your toilet to drinking water that contains E-Coli and seafood carrying scombroid bacteria.
He added that anchovies are associated with scombroid poisoning, which is a foodborne illness that results from eating spoiled (decayed) fish.
Students later said they had been diagnosed with scombroid food poisoning - normally linked with eating spoiled fish.
Tsai YH, Kung HF, Lee TM, Lin GT and DF Hwang Histamine related hygienic qualities and bacteria found in popular commercial scombroid fish fillets in Taiwan, Journal of Food Protection 2004; 67 : 407-412.
Toxic reactions occur in anyone, given sufficient exposures, such as histamine in scombroid fish poisoning.
Identification of larval tunas, billfishes and other scombroid fishes (suborder Scombroidei): an illustrated guide, no.
Spoiled mackerel carries the danger of scombroid poisoning, a food-borne illness with symptoms similar to an intense allergic reaction.
One example, called scombroid poisoning, comes from eating fish that was not washed, refrigerated, or frozen in time to prevent bacteria from growing.
Scombroid poisoning can be found wherever fresh tuna and other game fish are consumed.
The bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, which causes listeriosis, and Morganella morganii, which causes scombroid poisoning, are carried in raw or undercooked shellfish.
Scombroid poisoning occurs when bacteria (which should be killed by correct smoking) multiply in fish that's not fresh and produce high levels of a chemical called histamine.