wobbegong

noun wob·be·gong \ˈwäbēˌgäng\

Definition of wobbegong

plural

wobbegongs

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of wobbegong

native name in New South Wales


First Known Use: 1852


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