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The ending of mackerel is spelled -el.
Definition of mackerel
noun (plural same or mackerels)
- a migratory surface-dwelling predatory fish, commercially important as a food fish.
- Scomber and other genera, family Scombridae (the mackerel family): many species, in particular the North Atlantic mackerel (S. scombrus). The members of the mackerel family, which includes the tunas, are fast-moving marine predators and often popular as game fish
Middle English: from Old French maquerel, of unknown origin