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Bull mackerel at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Mackerel \Mack`er*el\, n. [OF. maquerel, F. maquereau (LL.
macarellus), prob. for maclereau, fr. L. macula a spot, in
allusion to the markings on the fish. See {Mail} armor.]
Any species of the genus {Scomber}, and of several related
genera. They are finely formed and very active oceanic
fishes. Most of them are highly prized for food.

Note: The common mackerel ({Scomber scombrus}), which
inhabits both sides of the North Atlantic, is one of
the most important food fishes. It is mottled with
green and blue. The Spanish mackerel ({Scomberomorus
maculatus}), of the American coast, is covered with
bright yellow circular spots.

{Bull mackerel}, {Chub mackerel}. (Zo["o]l.) See under

{Frigate mackerel}. See under {Frigate}.

{Horse mackerel} . See under {Horse}.

{Mackerel bird} (Zo["o]l.), the wryneck; -- so called because
it arrives in England at the time when mackerel are in

{Mackerel cock} (Zo["o]l.), the Manx shearwater; -- so called
because it precedes the appearance of the mackerel on the
east coast of Ireland.

{Mackerel guide}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Garfish}
(a) .

{Mackerel gull} (Zo["o]l.) any one of several species of gull
which feed upon or follow mackerel, as the kittiwake.

{Mackerel midge} (Zo["o]l.), a very small oceanic gadoid fish
of the North Atlantic. It is about an inch and a half long
and has four barbels on the upper jaw. It is now
considered the young of the genus {Onos}, or {Motella}.

{Mackerel plow}, an instrument for creasing the sides of lean
mackerel to improve their appearance. --Knight.

{Mackerel shark} (Zo["o]l.), the porbeagle.

{Mackerel sky}, or {Mackerel-back sky}, a sky flecked with
small white clouds; a cirro-cumulus. See {Cloud}.

Mackerel sky and mare's-tails Make tall ships carry
low sails. --Old Rhyme.

Bull \Bull\, a.
Of or pertaining to a bull; resembling a bull; male; large;

{Bull bat} (Zo["o]l.), the night hawk; -- so called from the
loud noise it makes while feeding on the wing, in the

{Bull calf}.
(a) A stupid fellow.

{Bull mackerel} (Zo["o]l.), the chub mackerel.

{Bull pump} (Mining), a direct single-acting pumping engine,
in which the steam cylinder is placed above the pump.

{Bull snake} (Zo["o]l.), the pine snake of the United States.

{Bull stag}, a castrated bull. See {Stag}.

{Bull wheel}, a wheel, or drum, on which a rope is wound for
lifting heavy articles, as logs, the tools in well boring,

bull mackerel at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Spanish \Span"ish\, a.
Of or pertaining to Spain or the Spaniards.

{Spanish bayonet} (Bot.), a liliaceous plant ({Yucca
alorifolia}) with rigid spine-tipped leaves. The name is
also applied to other similar plants of the Southwestern
United States and mexico. Called also {Spanish daggers}.

{Spanish bean} (Bot.) See the Note under {Bean}.

{Spanish black}, a black pigment obtained by charring cork.

{Spanish broom} (Bot.), a leguminous shrub ({Spartium
junceum}) having many green flexible rushlike twigs.

{Spanish brown}, a species of earth used in painting, having
a dark reddish brown color, due to the presence of
sesquioxide of iron.

{Spanish buckeye} (Bot.), a small tree ({Ungnadia speciosa})
of Texas, New Mexico, etc., related to the buckeye, but
having pinnate leaves and a three-seeded fruit.

{Spanish burton} (Naut.), a purchase composed of two single
blocks. A double Spanish burton has one double and two
single blocks. --Luce (Textbook of Seamanship).

{Spanish chalk} (Min.), a kind of steatite; -- so called
because obtained from Aragon in Spain.

{Spanish cress} (Bot.), a cruciferous plant ({lepidium
Cadamines}), a species of peppergrass.

{Spanish curiew} (Zo["o]l.), the long-billed curlew. [U.S.]

{Spanish daggers} (Bot.) See {Spanish bayonet}.

{Spanish elm} (Bot.), a large West Indian tree ({Cordia
Gerascanthus}) furnishing hard and useful timber.

{Spanish feretto}, a rich reddish brown pigment obtained by
calcining copper and sulphur together in closed crucibles.

{Spanish flag} (Zo["o]l.), the California rockfish
({Sebastichthys rubrivinctus}). It is conspicuously
colored with bands of red and white.

{Spanish fly} (Zo["o]l.), a brilliant green beetle, common in
the south of Europe, used for raising blisters. See
{Blister beetle} under {Blister}, and {Cantharis}.

{Spanish fox} (Naut.), a yarn twisted against its lay.

{Spanish grass}. (Bot.) See {Esparto}.

{Spanish juice} (Bot.), licorice.

{Spanish leather}. See {Cordwain}.

{Spanish mackerel}. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A species of mackerel ({Scomber colias}) found both in
Europe and America. In America called {chub mackerel},
{big-eyed mackerel}, and {bull mackerel}.
(b) In the United States, a handsome mackerel having bright
yellow round spots ({Scomberomorus maculatus}), highly
esteemed as a food fish. The name is sometimes
erroneously applied to other species. See Illust. under

{Spanish main}, the name formerly given to the southern
portion of the Caribbean Sea, together with the contiguous
coast, embracing the route traversed by Spanish treasure
ships from the New to the Old World.

{Spanish moss}. (Bot.) See {Tillandsia}.

{Spanish needles} (Bot.), a composite weed ({Bidens
bipinnata}) having achenia armed with needlelike awns.

{Spanish nut} (Bot.), a bulbous plant ({Iris Sisyrinchium})
of the south of Europe.

{Spanish potato} (Bot.), the sweet potato. See under

{Spanish red}, an ocherous red pigment resembling Venetian
red, but slightly yellower and warmer. --Fairholt.

{Spanish reef} (Naut.), a knot tied in the head of a
jib-headed sail.

{Spanish sheep} (Zo["o]l.), a merino.

{Spanish white}, an impalpable powder prepared from chalk by
pulverizing and repeated washings, -- used as a white

{Spanish windlass} (Naut.), a wooden roller, with a rope
wound about it, into which a marline spike is thrust to
serve as a lever.

Chub \Chub\, n. [This word seems to signify a large or thick
fish. Cf. Sw. kubb a short and thick piece of wood, and perh.
F. chabot chub.] (Zo["o]l.)
A species to fresh-water fish of the {Cyprinid[ae]} or Carp
family. The common European species is {Leuciscus cephalus};
the cheven. In America the name is applied to various fishes
of the same family, of the genera {Semotilus}, {Squalius},
{Ceratichthys}, etc., and locally to several very different
fishes, as the {tautog}, {black bass}, etc.

{Chub mackerel} (Zo["o]l.), a species of mackerel ({Scomber
colias}) in some years found in abundance on the Atlantic
coast, but absent in others; -- called also {bull
mackerel}, {thimble-eye}, and {big-eye mackerel}.

{Chub sucker} (Zo["o]l.), a fresh-water fish of the United
States ({Erimyzon sucetta}); -- called also {creekfish}.