Definition of mako in English:


(also mako shark)


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

    • ‘Porbeagle and mako sharks are often mistaken for each other, as they share the typical stout body form of the larger ‘mackerel’ sharks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Further studies are needed on other species such as the great white, mako and oceanic whitetip.’
    • ‘I think that the most disturbing fact is the noticeable decrease in the numbers of blue and mako sharks in our waters.’


Mid 19th century: from Maori.