mako shark


ma·​ko shark ˈmā-(ˌ)kō- How to pronounce mako shark (audio) ˈmä- How to pronounce mako shark (audio)
: either of two relatively slender mackerel sharks (Isurus paucus and I. oxyrinchus) that are dark blue above and white below with long pointed snouts and that are notable sport fish

called also mako

see shark illustration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Or a mako shark, which swims 45 mph. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2021 Lauder found a piece of mako shark at a local fish market, and scanned the skin to create a high-resolution view of the surface. April Reese, Discover Magazine, 15 May 2014 The charter group went cruising in the open ocean, looking for kingfish, but a giant mako shark took the bait. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2022 In the clip, the mako shark surges out of the water and lands on its side on the boat before righting itself and resting with its mouth open. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2022 Other boats sold different fish: mako shark came from Haworth Fishing, rockfish from Island Lady, stone crabs from Brian Kiyohara and swordfish from Chula. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2022 The Atlantic shortfin mako shark will no longer be on the menu beginning July 5. Globe Staff,, 1 July 2022 Commercial and recreational fishermen woke up Sunday to new mako shark regulations from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to boost the number of the migratory predator. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 July 2022 So far this summer, a 10-foot mako shark washed up at Point Lookout over Memorial Day weekend, prompting another round of shark headlines. New York Times, 2 July 2022 See More

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Word History


Maori mako mako shark

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mako shark was in 1848

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“Mako shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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