There are 2 definitions of shark in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃɑːk
 
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noun

  • 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.
    • Several orders (or superorders) of the subclass Elasmobranchii: many families
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    • 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.
  • 2A small SE Asian freshwater fish with a shark-like tail, popular in aquaria.
    • Two species in the family Cyprinidae: the small red-tailed black shark (Labeo bicolor), and the larger black shark (Morulius chrysophekadion)
  • 3A light greyish-brown European moth, the male of which has pale silvery hindwings.
    • Genus Cucullia, family Noctuidae: several species

verb

[no object] British informal Back to top  
  • (Typically of a man at a social gathering) be in active pursuit of a sexual partner: as soon as he arrived he was sharking among the women

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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There are 2 definitions of shark in English:

shark2

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noun

informal
  • 1A person who unscrupulously exploits or swindles others: property sharks want to develop 200 acres around the site
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    • 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 shark
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    • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: perhaps from German Schurke 'worthless rogue', influenced by shark1.

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