Definition of nurse shark in English:

nurse shark

Syllabification: nurse shark


  • A shark with barbels on the snout.
    • Three species in the family Orectolobidae (or Ginglymostomatidae), in particular Ginglymostoma cirratum, a slow-swimming brownish shark of warm Atlantic waters
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    • The whale shark, the hammerhead and the nurse shark are impossible to confuse.
    • Normally calm species of sharks such as the nurse shark can be provoked to violence if they take a liking to your Starter Jacket.
    • Of particular concern is the grey nurse shark, a smaller, less predatory shark living off the coast of New South Wales and Queensland.


mid 19th century: nurse 'dogfish shark', alteration of Middle English nusse, perhaps derived (by wrong division) from an huss (see Huss, John).

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