nurse shark noun
: any of various sharks (as family Ginglymostomatidae); especially : a shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) of warm waters
Origin of NURSE SHARK
alteration of nusse
First Known Use: 1851
nurse shark noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Only Atlantic species (Ginglymostoma cirratum) of 25 carpet shark species (family Orectolobidae). Yellow- or gray-brown, sometimes with dark spots, it may grow to over 13 ft (4 m) long. It may attack swimmers, especially when provoked, but is not related to the dangerous gray nurse (Odontaspis arenarius), a sand shark.
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