basking shark

[bas-king, bah-sking]

noun

a large shark, Cetorhinus maximus, of cold and temperate seas, that often swims slowly or floats at the surface.

Origin of basking shark

First recorded in 1760–70
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British Dictionary definitions for basking shark

basking shark

noun

a very large plankton-eating shark, Cetorhinus maximus, often floating at the sea surface: family CetorhinidaeAlso called: sailfish
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