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Definition: tiger shark
n : large dangerous warm-water shark with striped or spotted
body [syn: Galeocerdo cuvieri
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Definition: Tiger 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. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris;
probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri
an arrow, Per. t[=i]r; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; --
probably so named from its quickness.]
1. A very large and powerful carnivore (Felis tigris
native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and
sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped
with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and
belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or
exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also royal tiger
, and Bengal tiger
2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person.
As for heinous tiger, Tamora. --Shak.
3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or
4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three
cheers and a tiger. [Colloq. U. S.]
5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
(a) The puma.
(b) The jaguar.
(Zo["o]l.), a handsome striped and spotted
carnivore (Felis macrocelis
or Felis marmorata
of the East Indies and Southern Asia. Its body is about
three and a half feet long, and its tail about three feet
long. Its ground color is brownish gray, and the dark
markings are irregular stripes, spots, and rings, but
there are always two dark bands on the face, one extending
back from the eye, and one from the angle of the mouth.
Called also tortoise-shell tiger
(Zo["o]l.), the jaguar.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
active carnivorous beetles of the family Cicindelid[ae]
They usually inhabit dry or sandy places, and fly rapidly.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Sun bittern
, under Sun
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of wild
cats of moderate size with dark transverse bars or stripes
somewhat resembling those of the tiger.
(Bot.), an iridaceous plant of the genus
(as Tigridia conchiflora
, Tigridia grandiflora
, etc.) having showy flowers, spotted or
streaked somewhat like the skin of a tiger.
(Bot.), a low East Indian fan palm
). It is used in many ways by
the natives. --J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).
. (Bot.) See under Lily
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of moths
of the family Arctiad[ae]
which are striped or barred
with black and white or with other conspicuous colors. The
larv[ae] are called woolly bears
(Zo["o]l.), a voracious shark (Galeocerdo tigrinus
syn. Galeocerdo maculatus
) more or less barred
or spotted with yellow. It is found in both the Atlantic
and Indian Ocean. Called also zebra shark
(Zo["o]l.), a large and conspicuously spotted
cowrie (Cypr[ae]a tigris
); -- so called from its fancied
resemblance to a tiger in color and markings. Called also
(Zo["o]l.), either of two very venomous snakes
of Tasmania and Australia, Notechis scutatis
, which grow up to 5 feet in length.
(Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena (Hy[ae]na crocuta
, the variegated heartwood of a tree
) found in Guiana.