requiem shark

noun
variants: or less commonly requiem

Definition of requiem shark

: 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

First Known Use of requiem shark

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for requiem shark

obsolete French requiem shark, alteration of French requin

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“Requiem shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/requiem%20shark. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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