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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web State officials said it was reported to be an 8-foot tiger shark. CBS News, 14 Apr. 2023 Research on the seas:What weird new parasites on Antarctic fish tell us about climate change around the world Studying without sacrificing Before the hammerhead or the tiger shark, before any of the high-tech intrauterine tracking or high-seas searching, there was a controversy. The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2023 This definitely wasn’t a tiger shark. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Call Gillian … Wearing quickly ascended to recognition as one of the Young British Artists, or YBAs, defined by their use of unusual, sometimes shocking materials: Damien Hirst’s preserved tiger shark, Tracey Emin’s bloodied underwear, Sarah Lucas’s fried eggs. Anna Furman, Vulture, 9 Dec. 2021 Smalltooth sand tiger sharks grow up to four meters (around 13 feet) in length and are usually found toward the seabed. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2023 There are more than 3,600 animals to look at, from African penguins to sand tiger sharks. Megan Dubois, Chron, 13 Mar. 2023 De Silva: A few years before my first filming, Beneath the Waves had put a video tag on the dorsal fin on a large female tiger shark in about 15 feet of water in the Bahamas. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Feb. 2023 What are land birds like woodpeckers doing in the stomach of a tiger shark? Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 14 Jan. 2012 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tiger shark was circa 1785

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“Tiger shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20shark. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

tiger shark

: a large brown or gray shark of warm seas that sometimes attacks human beings

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