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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The woman, whose name was not released, was snorkeling with a group of relatives when she was attacked by a bull shark shortly at Green Cay, said Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings at a news conference, per NBC News. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2022 Pennsylvania woman Caroline DiPlacido died after being attacked by a bull shark in the Bahamas. Giovana Gelhoren, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2022 An 11-year-old whose leg was amputated below the knee after a bull shark attack is on the road to recovery — and hopes to return to the ocean. Giovana Gelhoren, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 Skippings said the woman’s family identified it as a bull shark. Dánica Coto, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2022 The woman, whose name was not released, was snorkeling with a group of five to seven relatives when a bull shark attacked her shortly after 2 p.m. at Green Cay, Royal Bahamas Police Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings said at a news conference. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 6 Sep. 2022 The victim, a Pennsylvanian woman in her 50s, was attacked by a bull shark off Rose Island shortly before 2 p.m. local time Tuesday, Bahamas authorities said. Will Gretsky, ABC News, 6 Sep. 2022 The family believes the predator was a bull shark, Reeder added. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 15 Aug. 2022 The family believes an 8-foot bull shark attacked and bit Jameson below his knee, Reeder wrote. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bull shark was in 1913

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“Bull shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20shark. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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