Definitions

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  • n. Caranx hippos, a carangoid fish of the Atlantic coast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A carangoid fish of the Atlantic coast (Caranx hippos): -- called also horse crevallé. [See Illust. under carangoid.]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish of the genus Caranx. See Caranx and horse-mackerel.

Etymologies

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Compare Portuguese cavalla, Spanish caballa; probably from Portuguese cavallo ("horse").

Examples

  • There was not the slightest chance of escape for the sardines, while the cavally circled round and round, feeding from the edge of the mass.

    Sailing Alone Around the World

  • Off the Cape of Good Hope I saw schools of sardines or other small fish being treated in this way by great numbers of cavally-fish.

    Sailing Alone Around the World

  • Farther outside, a system of palisade work of caltrops and man-traps -- sometimes in the slang of the day called Turkish ambassadors -- made the country for miles around impenetrable or very disagreeable to cavally.

    History of the United Netherlands, 1594

  • A seine was hauled upon the small beaches at the south end of the island, and brought on shore a good quantity of mullet, and of a fish resembling a cavally; also a kind of horse mackerel, small fish of the herring kind, and once a sword fish of between four and five feet long.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis — Volume 2

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