Somniosus microcephalus
Nurse Nurse (n[^u]rs), n. [OE. nourse, nurice, norice, OF. nurrice, norrice, nourrice, F. nourrice, fr. L. nutricia nurse, prop., fem. of nutricius that nourishes; akin to nutrix, -icis, nurse, fr. nutrire to nourish. See {Nourish}, and cf. {Nutritious}.] 1. One who nourishes; a person who supplies food, tends, or brings up; as: (a) A woman who has the care of young children; especially, one who suckles an infant not her own. (b) A person, especially a woman, who has the care of the sick or infirm. [1913 Webster]

2. One who, or that which, brings up, rears, causes to grow, trains, fosters, or the like. [1913 Webster]

The nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) A lieutenant or first officer, who is the real commander when the captain is unfit for his place. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A peculiar larva of certain trematodes which produces cercari[ae] by asexual reproduction. See {Cercaria}, and {Redia}. (b) Either one of the nurse sharks. [1913 Webster]

{Nurse shark}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A large arctic shark ({Somniosus microcephalus}), having small teeth and feeble jaws; -- called also {sleeper shark}, and {ground shark}. (b) A large shark ({Ginglymostoma cirratum}), native of the West Indies and Gulf of Mexico, having the dorsal fins situated behind the ventral fins.

{To put to nurse}, or {To put out to nurse}, to send away to be nursed; to place in the care of a nurse.

{Wet nurse}, {Dry nurse}. See {Wet nurse}, and {Dry nurse}, in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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