nurse shark

noun

Definition of nurse shark

  1. :  any of various usually bottom-dwelling sharks (family Ginglymostomatidae) with barbels near the nostrils; especially :  a large yellowish to grayish brown shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) of warm usually shallow coastal waters that is typically nonaggressive and rests often in groups on the sea floor during the day

Origin and Etymology of nurse shark

alteration of nusse


First Known Use: 1851


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