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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.]
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(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]
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1. resembling or related to the mackerel family Scombridae.n.
2. a mackerel or related scombroid fish.
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|Noun||1.||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|
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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