plural wobbegongs
: carpet shark
especially : any of various bottom-dwelling carpet sharks (family Orectolobidae) found mainly in the western Pacific Ocean and having a flattened body with intricate mottled patterns on the skin, a broad head, and long barbels near the nostrils
Take a trip to the treasured waters of the Great Barrier Reef … for a peek at such tropical sharks as blacktip reef sharks and wobbegongs, a carpet shark named for its bold, tapestry-like markings. Sarah Sekula, USA Today, 30 July 2010

Word History


native name in New South Wales

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wobbegong was in 1852

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“Wobbegong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wobbegong. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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