great white shark


Definition of great white shark

: 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

Examples of great white shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nukumi is the largest great white shark OCEARCH has tagged in the western Atlantic Ocean. Dan Radel, USA TODAY, "At over 3500 pounds, this great white shark is swimming off the New Jersey coast," 10 Nov. 2020 The attack happened in the same place where, over Memorial Day weekend, a great white shark estimated at 16 feet long bit another kayak. Tom Stienstra,, "Kayaker survives terrifying great white shark attack in Shelter Cove," 5 Sep. 2020 Pro surfer Matt Wilkinson had a close encounter with a great white shark off Ballina on the Australian east coast on Wednesday. Rod Mcguirk, Star Tribune, "Surfer vanishes in suspected shark attack in Australia," 9 Oct. 2020 And one pro surfer's very close call with a great white shark. NBC News, "Pence and Harris spar in more civil debate, Trump calls Covid diagnosis a 'blessing from God'," 8 Oct. 2020 The largest predatory shark alive today, the great white shark, frequently feeds on marine mammals because its body requires such rich food. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Cannibalism in the Womb May Have Made Megalodon a Titanic Terror," 5 Oct. 2020 The Times reported that is was believed to be a large great white shark. Fox News, "Shark attack in Australia kills man surfing off Gold Coast beach," 8 Sep. 2020 Beaches in the town of Port Macquarie have been shuttered for 24 hours after the attack, and officials are hoping to track down the juvenile great white shark. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Really heroic': Surfer survives great white attack after husband fights back," 15 Aug. 2020 The coastal community of Del Mar, north of San Diego, is home to a great white shark nursery, the researchers said. Washington Post, "Tracking great white sharks with technology’s help," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of great white shark

1774, in the meaning defined above

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“Great white shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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Medical Definition of great white shark

: 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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