nurse shark

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nurse shark

noun

Definition of NURSE SHARK

:  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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