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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.
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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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(ˈskɒm brɔɪd)

1. resembling or related to the mackerel family Scombridae.
2. a mackerel or related scombroid fish.
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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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References in periodicals archive ?
Consumption of spoiled fish can induce Kounis syndrome via anisakiasis (36) and scombroid food poisoning (37).
Histamine poisoning (also known as scombroid poisoning) occurs following consumption of certain fish species which contain histamine.
Cardiologist Dr Peter Wilmshurst told the Old Bailey hearing Mr Perepilichnyy could have suffered "scombroid fish poisoning".
Most imported food outbreaks (86% of total) had three causes: scombroid toxin (42% of total), Salmonella (33%), and hepatitis A virus (11%).
The most common agents reported in outbreaks associated with imported foods were scombroid toxin and Salmonella; most illnesses were associated with Salmonella and Cyclospora (Table).
It has also been reported that histamine content of 200 mg [kg.sup.-1] may be sufficient to cause the symptoms of scombroid poisoning (CDC, 2000).
Scombroid poisoning can occur when bacteria grows during improper storage of the dark meat of the fish, which can produce scombroid toxin.
Ciguateia and scombroid fish poisoning in the United States.
He added that anchovies are associated with scombroid poisoning, which is a foodborne illness that results from eating spoiled (decayed) fish.
(Ed.)., Proceedings of the All Union Conference on Modern State of the Tuna Fishery and ecology of Scombroid Fishes, Kaliningrad, September 23-25, 1986.