Common name of Carcharhinus galapagensis
Common name Mackerel shark
Language English
Type Vernacular
Official trade name No
Rank 2 - (Preferred common name (unique))
Country Saint Helena Island
Ref. Edwards, A.J. and C.W. Glass, 1987
Life stage juveniles and adults
Sex females and males
Core primary lexeme
1st modifier other fish
2nd modifier
Remarks 'Mackerel shark', i.e., large fierce pelagic sharks (p. 714 in Ref. 11978); 'mackerel', from Middle English 'makerel' from Middle French (p. 714 in Ref. 11978) 'maquereau', i.e., side dishes (p. 443 in Ref. 9404); 'shark', of obscure origins but appears to have been introduced by members of the Sir John Hawkins' expedition ( a ballad of 1569 recorded 'There is no proper name for [the fish] that I know, but that certain men of Captain Hawkins's doth call it a shark'), ressembles Austrian dialect 'schirk', i.e., sturgeon (p. 471 in Ref. 11979). Also in Ref. 5288.
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