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n. pl. ca·va·las or cavalla
1. Any of various jacks and other fishes of the family Carangidae.
2. Any of several mackerels, especially the king mackerel.

[Spanish caballa, horse mackerel, from Late Latin, from Latin caballus, horse; see cavalier.]
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(kəˈvælə) or


n, pl -la, -las or -lies
(Animals) any of various tropical carangid fishes, such as Gnathanodon speciosus (golden cavalla)
[C19: from Spanish caballa, from Late Latin, feminine of caballus horse]
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king′ mack`erel

a game fish, Scomberomorus cavalla, of the W Atlantic Ocean. Also called cavalla.
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Noun1.cavalla - large mackerel with long pointed snoutcavalla - large mackerel with long pointed snout; important food and game fish of the eastern Atlantic coast southward to Brazil
genus Scomberomorus, Scomberomorus - Spanish mackerels
Spanish mackerel - any of several large marine food fishes of the genus Scomberomorus
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