Definition of bonnethead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒnɪthɛd/
(also bonnethead shark)


A small hammerhead shark with a relatively narrow rounded head, found in American waters. Also called shovelhead.
  • Sphyrna tiburo, family Sphyrnidae
Example sentences
  • In contrast, the diet of neritic predators such as the bonnethead shark from southwest Florida is dominated by crustaceans, principally shallow water blue crabs.
  • The bonnethead shark, common throughout the Western Hemisphere's warm waters, has a relatively modest foil, less than five inches across.
  • Nearby, a bonnethead shark moves with quiet menace, gliding effortlessly upwards; dorsal fin breaking the water for an instant before returning to the depths.
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