Found 2 items, similar to Whale shark.
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Definition: whale shark
n : large spotted shark of warm surface waters worldwide;
resembles a whale and feeds chiefly on plankton [syn: Rhincodon typus
English → English
Definition: Whale shark
, n. [Of uncertain origin; perhaps through OF. fr.
carcharus a kind of dogfish, Gr. karchari`as, so called from
its sharp teeth, fr. ka`rcharos having sharp or jagged teeth;
or perhaps named from its rapacity (cf. Shark
, v. t. & i.);
cf. Corn. scarceas.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of elasmobranch
fishes of the order Plagiostomi, found in all seas.
Note: Some sharks, as the basking shark and the whale shark,
grow to an enormous size, the former becoming forty
feet or more, and the latter sixty feet or more, in
length. Most of them are harmless to man, but some are
exceedingly voracious. The man-eating sharks mostly
belong to the genera Carcharhinus
related genera. They have several rows of large sharp
teeth with serrated edges, as the great white shark
or Carcharodon Rondeleti
of tropical seas, and the great blue shark
) of all tropical and temperate
seas. The former sometimes becomes thirty-six feet
long, and is the most voracious and dangerous species
known. The rare man-eating shark of the United States
coast (Charcarodon Atwoodi
) is thought by some to be
a variety, or the young, of C. carcharias
. The dusky
shark (Carcharhinus obscurus
), and the smaller blue
shark (C. caudatus
), both common species on the coast
of the United States, are of moderate size and not
dangerous. They feed on shellfish and bottom fishes.
2. A rapacious, artful person; a sharper. [Colloq.]
3. Trickery; fraud; petty rapine; as, to live upon the shark.
, Liver shark
, Nurse shark
, Oil shark
, Tiger shark
, etc. See under Basking
, etc. See also Dogfish
, and Tope
, the sand shark.
. See Hammerhead
Port Jackson shark
. See Cestraciont
, the eggcase of a shark; a sea purse.
. Same as Angel fish
(a), under Angel
or Thresher shark
, a large, voracious
shark. See Thrasher
, a huge harmless shark (Rhinodon typicus
the Indian Ocean. It becomes sixty feet or more in length,
but has very small teeth.
, n. [OE. whal, AS. hw[ae]l; akin to D. walvisch,
G. wal, walfisch, OHG. wal, Icel. hvalr, Dan. & Sw. hval,
hvalfisk. Cf. Narwhal
Any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea
, especially any one
of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred
feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and
baleen, or whalebone.
Note: The existing whales are divided into two groups: the
toothed whales (Odontocete
), including those that
have teeth, as the cachalot, or sperm whale (see Sperm whale
); and the baleen, or whalebone, whales
), comprising those that are destitute of
teeth, but have plates of baleen hanging from the upper
jaw, as the right whales. The most important species of
whalebone whales are the bowhead, or Greenland, whale
(see Illust. of Right whale
), the Biscay whale, the
Antarctic whale, the gray whale (see under Gray
humpback, the finback, and the rorqual.
(a) Any one of several species of large Antarctic petrels
which follow whaling vessels, to feed on the blubber and
floating oil; especially, Prion turtur
), and Pseudoprion desolatus
(b) The turnstone; -- so called because it lives on the
carcasses of whales. [Canada]
(Com.), whalebone. --Simmonds.
, the fishing for, or occupation of taking,
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
degraded amphipod crustaceans belonging to the genus
, especially Cyamus ceti
. They are parasitic on
, ivory. [Obs.]
(a) The basking, or liver, shark.
(b) A very large harmless shark (Rhinodon typicus
of the Indian Ocean. It sometimes becomes sixty feet
, the name formerly given to spermaceti.
(Zo["o]l.), a balanoglossus.