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any of several sharks of the family Orectolobidae, especially
occurring in shallow waters from Rhode Island to Brazil and the Gulf of California to Ecuador.
First recorded in
allegedly so called because the male habitually hangs on to the female's fin with his teeth
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for
any of various sharks of the family
of the Atlantic Ocean, having an external groove on each side of the head between the mouth and nostril
(later influenced in spelling by
), perhaps from division of obsolete
shark, dogfish (of uncertain origin) as
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