lemon shark

noun

Definition of lemon shark 

: a medium-sized requiem shark (Negaprion brevirostris) of warm usually inshore waters that is yellowish brown to gray above with yellow or greenish sides, often congregates in groups, and is usually harmless to humans but may attack if provoked

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The shark menu for gators includes the big but docile nurse shark, the yellow-hued lemon shark, which are about 11 feet at adulthood, and the bonnethead, a type of hammerhead shark that grows to about five feet. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Many who got hurricane relief in Texas aren't sure Puerto Ricans should," 20 Oct. 2017 Persistence paid off, however, and Nifong confirmed four separate instances in which an American alligator ate a lemon shark, a nurse shark, a bonnethead shark, and an Atlantic stingray. National Geographic, "Alligators Attack and Eat Sharks, Study Confirms," 20 Sep. 2017 The study documented a lemon shark that swallowed a steel piece of fishing equipment that pierced the shark’s stomach. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Ten Things We’ve Learned about Sharks Since Last Shark Week," 27 July 2017

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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