wob·​be·​gong | \ ˈwäbēˌgäng \
plural wobbegongs

Definition of wobbegong

: 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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First Known Use of wobbegong

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wobbegong

native name in New South Wales

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“Wobbegong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wobbegong. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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