Basking shark
Basking shark Bask"ing shark` (Zo["o]l.) One of the largest species of sharks ({Cetorhinus maximus}), so called from its habit of basking in the sun; the {liver shark}, or {bone shark}. It inhabits the northern seas of Europe and America, and grows to a length of more than forty feet. It is a harmless species. [1913 Webster]

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  • Basking shark — Temporal range: Early Oligocene–Present[1] …   Wikipedia

  • basking shark — ► NOUN ▪ a large shark which feeds on plankton and typically swims slowly close to the surface …   English terms dictionary

  • basking shark — n. any of a family (Cetorhinidae) of plankton eating giant sharks (order Lamniformes) with small, weak teeth: often found feeding along the surface in northern seas …   English World dictionary

  • basking shark — /bas king, bah sking/ a large shark, Cetorhinus maximus, of cold and temperate seas, that often swims slowly or floats at the surface. [1760 70] * * * Huge, sluggish shark (family Cetorhinidae) named for its habit of floating or slowly swimming… …   Universalium

  • basking shark — noun large harmless plankton eating northern shark; often swims slowly or floats at the sea surface • Syn: ↑Cetorhinus maximus • Hypernyms: ↑mackerel shark • Member Holonyms: ↑Cetorhinus, ↑genus Cetorhinus * * * ˈbasking shark 7 …   Useful english dictionary

  • basking shark — Liver Liv er, n. [AS. lifer; akin to D. liver, G. leber, OHG. lebara, Icel. lifr, Sw. lefver, and perh. to Gr. ? fat, E. live, v.] (Anat.) A very large glandular and vascular organ in the visceral cavity of all vertebrates. [1913 Webster] Note:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • basking shark — milžinryklis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Cetorhinus maximus angl. basking shark; bone shark; elephant shark; giant shark; oil shark rus. гигантская акула ryšiai: platesnis terminas – milžinrykliai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • basking shark — bangininis ryklys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Rhincodon typus angl. basking shark; whale shark rus. китовая акула; китообразная акула ryšiai: platesnis terminas – bangininiai rykliai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • basking shark — bask′ing shark [[t]ˈbæs kɪŋ, ˈbɑ skɪŋ[/t]] n. ich a large shark, Cetorhinus maximus, of cold and temperate seas, that often swims slowly or floats at the surface • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • basking shark — noun Date: circa 1769 a large plankton feeding shark (Cetorhinus maximus) that has an oil rich liver and may attain a length of up to 45 feet (13.7 meters) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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