thresher shark
noun Date: 1888 a large nearly cosmopolitan shark (Alopias vulpinus) that has a greatly elongated curved upper lobe of the tail which is often used to thresh the water to round up the schooling fish on which it feeds — see shark illustration

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  • Thresher 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

  • Thresher shark — Taxobox name = Thresher shark fossil range = Fossil range|56|0 Early Eocene to Present [cite journal last = Sepkoski first = Jack authorlink = coauthors = title = A compendium of fossil marine animal genera (Chondrichthyes entry) journal =… …   Wikipedia

  • thresher shark — noun large pelagic shark of warm seas with a whiplike tail used to round up small fish on which to feed • Syn: ↑thresher, ↑thrasher, ↑fox shark, ↑Alopius vulpinus • Hypernyms: ↑shark • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • thresher shark — paprastoji jūrų lapė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Alopias vulpinus angl. fox shark; thresher shark; whip tailed shark rus. акула лисица; лисья акула ryšiai: platesnis terminas – rykliai jūrų lapės …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • thresher shark — Any of five species (family Alopiidae) of sharks with a long, scythelike tail that may constitute almost half their total length. They are found in tropical and temperate seas worldwide. They eat squid and schooling fishes, attacking after… …   Universalium

  • thresher shark — noun Any of three species of sharks, in the genus Alopias …   Wiktionary

  • Long-tailed thresher shark — Taxobox name = Long tailed thresher shark status = VU status system = iucn3.1 status ref = cite press release |title=More oceanic sharks added to the IUCN Red List |publisher=IUCN |date=2007 02 22 |url=http://www.iucn.org/en/news/archive/2007/02/2… …   Wikipedia

  • Thresher — may refer to:*Threshing machine (or thresher), a device that first separates the head of a stalk of grain from the straw, and then further separates the kernel from the rest of the head *Thresher shark, a type of shark with a distinctly scythe… …   Wikipedia

  • 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.); cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shark barrow — 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

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