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