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 The bite, which will be measured by a coroner, appeared to be consistent with that of a great white shark, based on what responding officers saw, Endersby said. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 24 Dec. 2021 The great white sharks tagged for this joint study ranged from the largest (about 7 feet or 2.13 meters) to what researchers believe may be the smallest great white shark ever tagged (a 3.6 ft/1.09 m) female that was just a few weeks old at capture. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 However, new research suggests great white shark attacks on humans aren't on purpose, but rather because the predator has terrible eyesight. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2021 For The Win Researchers were astonished recently, while reviewing footage, to spot a male great white shark with such extraordinary girth. Pete Thomas, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 The Lost Empire, while guests Billie Eilish, Winnie Harlow, Normani, and Jack Harlow embodied a lobster, a siren, a goldfish, and a great white shark, respectively. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 An underwater video captured a great white shark on the heels of a boat of experts who set out to research the predators off the coast of Cape Cod., 16 Aug. 2021 Julie Dimperio Holowach, a 63-year-old seasonal resident of Harpswell, Maine, had jumped into water at the edge of Mackerel Cove and was swimming about 15 yards away from the shore when she was suddenly bitten by a great white shark., 12 July 2021 Julie Dimperio Holowach, 63, of New York City, was killed by a great white shark while swimming. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 12 July 2021

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First Known Use of great white shark

1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of great white shark was in 1774

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13 Jan 2022

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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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