Definition of wobbegong in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈwɒbɪɡɒŋ/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

(also wobbegon)


A brown Australian carpet shark with pale markings, living in shallow waters around reefs.
  • Orectolobus maculatus, family Orectolobidae
Example sentences
  • He even went in and marked the position of frogfish (they call them anglerfish) and carpet sharks (wobbegongs) by tying off glowsticks to the nearby coral!
  • The wobbegong, (carpet shark), attacked 22-year-old Luke Tresoglavic yesterday whilst he was ‘snorkelling’ on a reef off Caves Beach, south of Newcastle.
  • We also came face to face with one of my favourite sharks, the marvellous wobbegong.


Mid 19th century: probably from a New South Wales Aboriginal language.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.