requiem shark


variants or less commonly requiem
: any of a family (Carcharhinidae) of sharks (such as the tiger shark or blue shark) that are found in tropical and temperate waters, are usually gray to brown above and yellow to white below, have a rounded snout with bladelike teeth, and include some that have been known to attack people

Examples of requiem shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The latest discovery, called the Carcharhinus tingae, is in the same genus as the modern bull sharks and dusky sharks, but its teeth were most similar to the requiem shark or the grey reef shark. Dennis Pillion |, al, 27 Dec. 2021

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Word History


obsolete French requiem shark, alteration of French requin

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of requiem shark was in 1896

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“Requiem shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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requiem shark

: any of several large sharks (as the tiger shark) usually found in warm seas that sometimes attack human beings

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