Main definitions of mako in English

: mako1mako2

mako1

(also mako shark)

nounPlural makos

  • A large fast-moving oceanic shark with a deep blue back and white underparts.

    Genus Isurus, family Lamnidae: two species

    • ‘Further studies are needed on other species such as the great white, mako and oceanic whitetip.’
    • ‘He says even anglers who fish specifically for sharks often confuse porbeagles with mako sharks and other species.’
    • ‘The short fin mako shark is best known for its amazing speed, which can reach 32 kilometres per hour.’
    • ‘I think that the most disturbing fact is the noticeable decrease in the numbers of blue and mako sharks in our waters.’
    • ‘Porbeagle and mako sharks are often mistaken for each other, as they share the typical stout body form of the larger ‘mackerel’ sharks.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation

mako

/ˈmeɪkəʊ/

Main definitions of mako in English

: mako1mako2

mako2

nounPlural makos

  • A small New Zealand tree that bears large clusters of pink flowers followed by dark red berries.

    Aristotelia racemosa, family Elaeocarpaceae

    Also called wineberry

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation

mako

/ˈmakəʊ/