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great white shark

noun

Definition of great white shark

  1. :  a large mackerel shark (Carcharodon carcharias) of warm seas that is bluish when young but becomes whitish with age and has been known to attack humans —called also white shark — see shark illustration



1833

First Known Use of great white shark

1833


Medical Dictionary

great white shark

noun

Medical Definition of great white shark

  1. :  a large shark (Carcharodon carcharias of the family Lamnidae) that is bluish when young but becomes whitish with age and has been known to attack humans—called also white shark




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