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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the sicklefin lemon shark (Negaprion acutidens) is a stocky, yellowish shark found in the same region, common on coral reefs as well as in shallow, sandy-bottom lagoons, and mangrove swamps. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The 42mm watch features a black dial with lemon yellow accents that pay homage to the lemon shark, which is indigenous to the Florida Keys. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Six sand tiger sharks and one lemon shark, each between 7 and 9 feet long, share the tanks. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 17 May 2021 Stuller looks at the encounter with the lemon shark as just another Florida experience. Grace Pateras, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2020 Four shark species, included sandbar sharks, sand tiger sharks, lemon sharks and nurse sharks, can be spotted in the shark exhibit. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, 8 Apr. 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, 14 Feb. 2020 Spinner dolphins greet tourists in the morning; lemon sharks dive around them during the day, stingrays gather at their feet at dusk. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2019 According to a long-term study on lemon sharks, this particular species is known to return to the location of their birth to mate. Erin Davis And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, 14 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lemon shark was in 1942

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“Lemon shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lemon%20shark. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

lemon shark

: a dangerous medium-sized shark of warm waters that is yellowish brown to gray above with yellow or greenish sides
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