variants: or speareye shark

Definition of speareye

: a small coastal shark (Mustelus punctulatus) of the south Atlantic and Indian oceans that is grayish brown dotted with black

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History and Etymology for speareye

modification (influenced by English spear, eye) of Afrikaans spierhaai, from spier muscle, blade (from Middle Dutch; akin to Old English spīr blade) + haai shark, from Middle Dutch haey

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“Speareye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speareye. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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