Tiger shark

Tiger shark
Tiger Ti"ger, n. [OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Per. t[=i]r; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; -- probably so named from its quickness.] 1. A very large and powerful carnivore ({Felis tigris}) native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also {royal tiger}, and {Bengal tiger}. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person. [1913 Webster]

As for heinous tiger, Tamora. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three cheers and a tiger. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster]

5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar. [1913 Webster]

{American tiger}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The puma. (b) The jaguar.

{Clouded tiger} (Zo["o]l.), a handsome striped and spotted carnivore ({Felis macrocelis} or {Felis marmorata}) native of the East Indies and Southern Asia. Its body is about three and a half feet long, and its tail about three feet long. Its ground color is brownish gray, and the dark markings are irregular stripes, spots, and rings, but there are always two dark bands on the face, one extending back from the eye, and one from the angle of the mouth. Called also {tortoise-shell tiger}.

{Mexican tiger} (Zo["o]l.), the jaguar.

{Tiger beetle} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of active carnivorous beetles of the family {Cicindelid[ae]}. They usually inhabit dry or sandy places, and fly rapidly.

{Tiger bittern}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Sun bittern}, under {Sun}.

{Tiger cat} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of wild cats of moderate size with dark transverse bars or stripes somewhat resembling those of the tiger.

{Tiger flower} (Bot.), an iridaceous plant of the genus {Tigridia} (as {Tigridia conchiflora}, {Tigridia grandiflora}, etc.) having showy flowers, spotted or streaked somewhat like the skin of a tiger.

{Tiger grass} (Bot.), a low East Indian fan palm ({Cham[ae]rops Ritchieana}). It is used in many ways by the natives. --J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).

{Tiger lily}. (Bot.) See under {Lily}.

{Tiger moth} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of moths of the family {Arctiad[ae]} which are striped or barred with black and white or with other conspicuous colors. The larv[ae] are called {woolly bears}.

{Tiger shark} (Zo["o]l.), a voracious shark ({Galeocerdo tigrinus} syn. {Galeocerdo maculatus}) more or less barred or spotted with yellow. It is found in both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Called also {zebra shark}.

{Tiger shell} (Zo["o]l.), a large and conspicuously spotted cowrie ({Cypr[ae]a tigris}); -- so called from its fancied resemblance to a tiger in color and markings. Called also {tiger cowrie}.

{Tiger snake} (Zo["o]l.), either of two very venomous snakes of Tasmania and Australia, {Notechis scutatis} and {Notechis ater}, which grow up to 5 feet in length.

{Tiger wolf} (Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena ({Hy[ae]na crocuta}).

{Tiger wood}, the variegated heartwood of a tree ({Mach[ae]rium Schomburgkii}) found in Guiana. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Tiger shark — Shark Shark, n. [Of uncertain origin; perhaps through OF. fr. carcharus a kind of dogfish, Gr. karchari as, so called from its sharp teeth, fr. ka rcharos having sharp or jagged teeth; or perhaps named from its rapacity (cf. {Shark}, v. t. & i.); …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tiger shark — n. a large, aggressive, bluish gray requiem shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) usually seen in the warm coastal waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans …   English World dictionary

  • Tiger shark — For other uses, see Tiger shark (disambiguation). Tiger shark Temporal range: 50–0 Ma[1] …   Wikipedia

  • tiger shark — a large shark, Galeocerdo cuvieri, inhabiting warm seas, noted for its voracious habits. [1775 85] * * * Potentially dangerous shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri, family Carcharhinidae), found worldwide in warm oceans, from the shoreline to the open sea.… …   Universalium

  • tiger shark — tigrinis ryklys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Galeocerdo cuvier angl. leopard shark; tiger shark rus. леопардовая акула; тигровая акула ryšiai: platesnis terminas – tigriniai rykliai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • tiger shark — noun Date: circa 1785 a large gray or brown stocky bodied requiem shark (Galeocerdo cuvieri) that is nearly cosmopolitan especially in warm seas and can be dangerous to humans see shark illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tiger shark — ti′ger shark n. ich a large, voracious shark, Galeocerdo cuvieri, of warm seas • Etymology: 1775–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • tiger shark — noun large dangerous warm water shark with striped or spotted body • Syn: ↑Galeocerdo cuvieri • Hypernyms: ↑requiem shark • Member Holonyms: ↑Galeocerdo, ↑genus Galeocerdo …   Useful english dictionary

  • tiger shark — noun A large shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, common in the mid Pacific, that hunts alone and has dark stripes across its back …   Wiktionary

  • tiger shark — noun an aggressive shark of warm seas, with dark vertical stripes on the body. [Galeocerdo cuvieri.] …   English new terms dictionary

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