- 1A long-bodied chiefly marine fish with a cartilaginous skeleton, a prominent dorsal fin, and tooth-like scales. Most sharks are predatory, though the largest kinds feed on plankton, and some can grow to a large size.
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- Several orders (or superorders) of the subclass Elasmobranchii: many families
- This shark feeds primarily on bony fishes such as parrot, trigger, squirrel, surgeon, damsel and goat fishes as well as eels.
- Great white sharks can grow as long as 5 meters and weigh 2,500 kilos.
- The male sharks enter the cove with considerably more speed, driven by their single-minded drive to mate.
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late Middle English: of unknown origin.
- 1A person who unscrupulously exploits or swindles others: property sharks want to develop 200 acres around the siteMore example sentences
- They are the cyber-era equivalents of highwaymen, sharks, cheesy protection racketeers.
- It is a scentless, unappealing botanical fraud sold by sharks to suckers.
- But while property sharks may be kicking up their heels, small-time Plateau landowners and their tenants are bearing the brunt.
- 2US An expert in a specified field: a pool sharkMore example sentences
- A few unsavory types hung at the far end of the long dark bar, and a couple of sharks were playing pool in the side room.
- Karaoke in a place like this fits right in next to the dudes watching the game on the tube and the pool sharks getting busy upstairs.
- Preston, a pool shark, once beat singer Willie Nelson for $300,000 in dominoes.
late 16th century: perhaps from German Schurke 'worthless rogue', influenced by shark1.