tiger shark

noun

Definition of tiger shark

: a large gray or brown stocky-bodied requiem shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri) that is nearly cosmopolitan especially in warm seas and can be dangerous to humans — see shark illustration

Examples of tiger shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the animals that call the eastern coast of Australia home is the tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier). Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Finally, the neodymium in the fossil sand tiger shark teeth provides the earliest chemical evidence of water flowing through the Drake Passage that aligns with tectonic evidence. Sora Kim, The Conversation, 12 July 2021 Some of the teeth were extremely large, suggesting these ancient Antarctic sand tigers were larger than today’s sand tiger shark, Carcharias taurus, which can grow to about 10 feet long. Sora Kim, The Conversation, 12 July 2021 All of these species are suffering from population decline and are listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered, except the tiger shark which is considered near threatened. Nell Lewis, CNN, 13 July 2021 Unfortunately, the pace of warming today is faster and may be beyond the sand tiger shark’s ability to adapt. Sora Kim, The Conversation, 12 July 2021 According to the Maine Department of Marine Resources website, the 11 receivers that were placed between Wells and Popham Beach State Park last year detected 16 sharks (14 white sharks, one blue shark, and one sand tiger shark). BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2021 Different sharks have different sensitivity to electric fields, so a device that works at deterring a great white shark may not be effective against a tiger shark. Tony Bradley, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Experts used this information and other evidence to determine that a tiger shark or a great white shark most likely ambushed the victim. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2021

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First Known Use of tiger shark

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tiger shark was circa 1785

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15 Dec 2021

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“Tiger shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20shark. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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