One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large fish of the mackerel family, serving as an important food fish in the tropical western Atlantic.
Scomberomorus regalis, family Scombridae
- ‘The range of the cero mackerel is limited to the western Atlantic Ocean, from Massachusetts, USA south to Brazil, including the Bahamas and West Indies.’
- ‘Mention should also be made of a Caribbean species, S. regalis, the cero.’
- ‘Resembling a large Spanish mackerel, the cero mackerel has both stripes and dots on its side.’
Late 19th century: from Spanish sierra ‘saw or sawfish’.
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