Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various marine fishes of the suborder Scombroidei, which includes the barracudas, mackerels, and tunas.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A scombroid fish; a scombrid. Also scomberoid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Like or pertaining to the Mackerel family.

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  • adjective pertaining to a mackerel
  • noun Any fish of the family Scombridae, of which the mackerel (Scomber) is the type.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Scombroīdeī, suborder name, from Latin scomber, scombr-, mackerel, from Greek skombros.]

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From Greek σκομβρος ‘tuna, mackerel’.

Examples

  • The customers are believed to have been stricken by a form of food poisoning known as scombroid, which occurs when there is a high level of histamine in raw or uncooked fish, said Mr. Karasick.

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  • The customers are believed to have been stricken by a form of food poisoning known as scombroid, which occurs when there is a high level of histamine in raw or uncooked fish, said Mr. Karasick.

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  • The customers are believed to have been stricken by a form of food poisoning known as scombroid, which occurs when there is a high level of histamine in raw or uncooked fish, said Mr. Karasick.

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  • The customers are believed to have been stricken by a form of food poisoning known as scombroid, which occurs when there is a high level of histamine in raw or uncooked fish, said Mr. Karasick.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • The customers are believed to have been stricken by a form of food poisoning known as scombroid, which occurs when there is a high level of histamine in raw or uncooked fish, said Mr. Karasick.

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  • High levels of histamine can cause an allergic reaction called scombroid poisoning.

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  • High levels of histamine can cause an allergic reaction called scombroid poisoning.

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  • High levels of histamine can cause an allergic reaction called scombroid poisoning.

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  • And what better way is there to insult the scombroid landlord (resembling a mackerel) or that tumbrel of a brother-in-law (a person who is drunk to the point of vomiting) than by calling him by his rightful name?

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  • Certain living marine animals - the speedy, open-water dolphins, lamnid sharks [Great white and relatives] and scombroid fishes [the tuna-mackerel group] - possess the ichthyosaur body shape and surely move in an ichthyosaur-like way.

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  • used to describe Sammy Hilbert-Spaess, a character in Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow:

    "Here then," the kindly scombroid face scanning Eventyr, quick as a fire-control dish antenna and even less mercy...

    January 21, 2007