One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of the mackerel family, or one of a larger group that also includes the barracudas and billfishes.
Family Scombridae or suborder Scombroidei
Relating to the scombroids.
- ‘In the United States, scombroid poisoning is most common in Hawaii and California.’
- ‘Anyone who eats fish can get ciguatera or scombroid poisoning.’
- ‘Seafood ingestion syndromes such as diarrhetic shellfish poisoning, ciguatera poisoning, and scombroid poisoning also can cause diarrhea in travelers.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Scombroidea (superfamily name), from Greek skombros, denoting a tuna or mackerel.
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