Definition of Basking shark

1. Noun. Large harmless plankton-eating northern shark; often swims slowly or floats at the sea surface.

Exact synonyms: Cetorhinus Maximus
Generic synonyms: Mackerel Shark
Group relationships: Cetorhinus, Genus Cetorhinus



Definition of Basking shark

1. Noun. A very large shark, ''Cetorhinus maximus'', that feeds at or close to the surface by filtering plankton from the water and is found in all the world's temperate oceans. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Basking shark

1. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Basking shark

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1. The Log of a Sea Angler: Sport and Adventures in Many Seas with Spear and Rod by Charles Frederick Holder (1906)
"... were many about the great basking-shark fisheries that were carried on off" the coast in the past century, when the Republic was young; and from one of ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The basking shark ia gregarious, and many individual) may be seen in calm ... A shark similar in many points to the basking shark (which it exceeds in size) ..."

3. Fishes by David Starr Jordan (1907)
"In its external characters the basking shark has much in common with the man-eater. ... The basking shark, also called elephant-shark and bone-shark, ..."

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