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Meaning of BASKING SHARK

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  large harmless plankton-eating northern shark; often swims slowly or floats at the sea surface
 
 Synonyms: Cetorhinus maximus
 
 See Also: Cetorhinus, genus Cetorhinus, mackerel shark

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Bask"ing shark`\ (Zo["o]l.)
One of the largest species of sharks ({Cetorhinus maximus}),
so called from its habit of basking in the sun; the liver
shark, or bone shark. It inhabits the northern seas of Europe
and America, and grows to a length of more than forty feet.
It is a harmless species.

 

 

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