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[pawr-bee-guh l]
  1. a shark of the genus Lamna, especially L. nasus, a large, voracious species of the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans.
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Origin of porbeagle

First recorded in 1750–60, porbeagle is from the Cornish word porghbugel
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  • Porbeagle is also known as 'Canis carcharius alius' or 'canis charcharius alius Jonst.'

    Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk

    Thomas Browne

British Dictionary definitions for porbeagle


  1. any of several voracious sharks of the genus Lamna, esp L. nasus, of northern seas: family IsuridaeAlso called: mackerel shark
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Word Origin

C18: from Cornish porgh-bugel, of obscure origin
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