sand tiger shark


: a large, often bottom-dwelling light brown to brownish gray shark (Carcharias taurus synonym Odontaspis taurus) of warm to temperate often shallow waters that has large, sharp, protruding teeth and when young yellowish brown spots

called also brown shark, gray nurse shark, ragged-tooth shark

Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sand tiger shark was in 1958

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“Sand tiger shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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