bull shark


Definition of bull shark

: an aggressive requiem shark (Carcharhinus leucas) of tropical to subtropical coastal waters that has a short, blunt snout and small eyes, is tolerant of freshwater and may spend extended periods in rivers, and has been known to attack people Bull sharks—believed to be the culprits in the two recent Florida attacks—are especially pugnacious and often found in shallow water.— Prakash Gandhi et al.

Examples of bull shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Off the coast of Australia, a spearfishing expedition turns into a nightmare featuring a ferocious bull shark and a great white attacks a paddle boarder on Ascension Island. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Shark Week 2020: When is it? What celebrities will take part? What’s the schedule?," 4 Aug. 2020 Big bull sharks, however, are notorious for staying down and suddenly grabbing a fish near the boat. Doug Olander, Field & Stream, "Never Lose Another Fish Fight Again," 21 May 2020 Walker said this time of year, his charters generally see bull sharks, lemon sharks and nurse sharks, along with an occasional hammerhead. USA TODAY, "Rock slides wreak havoc, close encounters with great white shark, gray whale: News from around our 50 states," 14 Feb. 2020 The Mancin shark probably resembled modern bull sharks or pigeye sharks, growing to be around 12 to 15 feet long, although size is hard to determine when only teeth survive. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Newly discovered ancient shark named for Birmingham volunteer," 23 Dec. 2019 The Mancin shark is an ancient ancestor to modern bull sharks. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Newly discovered ancient shark named for Birmingham volunteer," 23 Dec. 2019 George Burgess, who studies shark attacks at the Florida Museum of Natural History, says coastal incidents are often caused by tiger or bull sharks. Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic, "Shark attacks: After recent bites, your questions answered," 17 June 2019 The tiger shark and bull shark are genetically as different from each other as a dog is from a rabbit. Gavin Naylor, The Conversation, "Shark Week looms, but don’t panic," 25 July 2019 While on a weekend retreat in the woods, a group of businessmen finds that the local river is infested with a swarm of bull sharks attempting to construct a dam with human body parts. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bull shark

1913, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2020

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“Bull shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20shark. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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