tiger shark


tiger shark
a large shark, Galeocerdo cuvieri, inhabiting warm seas, noted for its voracious habits.
[1775-85]

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Potentially dangerous shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri, family Carcharhinidae), found worldwide in warm oceans, from the shoreline to the open sea.

Up to 18 ft (5.5 m) long, the grayish tiger shark has a long, pointed upper tail lobe, and its large teeth are deeply notched along one side. This voracious shark eats fishes, other sharks, turtles, mollusks, birds, carrion, and garbage, including coal, tin cans, and clothing. It is a source of leather and liver oil. See also sand shark.

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▪ shark species
      (Galeocerdo cuvieri), large, potentially dangerous shark of the family Carcharhinidae. It is noted for its voracity and inveterate scavenging, as well as its reputation as a man-eater. The tiger shark is found worldwide in warm oceans, from the shoreline to the open sea. A maximum of about 5.5 m (18 feet) long, it is grayish and patterned, when young, with dark spots and vertical bars. It has a long, pointed upper tail lobe and large, saw-edged teeth that are deeply notched along one side.

      An omnivorous feeder that sometimes damages the nets and catches of fishermen, the tiger shark eats fishes, other sharks, sea turtles, mollusks, seabirds, carrion, and garbage. It has also been known to swallow coal, tin cans, bones, and clothing. It is of some commercial value as a source of leather and liver oil.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Tiger shark — Shark 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.); …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tiger shark — n. a large, aggressive, bluish gray requiem shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) usually seen in the warm coastal waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans …   English World dictionary

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  • tiger shark — noun Date: circa 1785 a large gray or brown stocky bodied requiem shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri) that is nearly cosmopolitan especially in warm seas and can be dangerous to humans see shark illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tiger shark — ti′ger shark n. ich a large, voracious shark, Galeocerdo cuvieri, of warm seas • Etymology: 1775–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • tiger shark — noun large dangerous warm water shark with striped or spotted body • Syn: ↑Galeocerdo cuvieri • Hypernyms: ↑requiem shark • Member Holonyms: ↑Galeocerdo, ↑genus Galeocerdo …   Useful english dictionary

  • tiger shark — noun A large shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, common in the mid Pacific, that hunts alone and has dark stripes across its back …   Wiktionary

  • tiger shark — noun an aggressive shark of warm seas, with dark vertical stripes on the body. [Galeocerdo cuvieri.] …   English new terms dictionary


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