tiger shark

  1. a large shark, Galeocerdo cuvieri, inhabiting warm seas, noted for its voracious habits.

Origin of tiger shark

First recorded in 1775–85

Words Nearby tiger shark

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How to use tiger shark in a sentence

  • Surfing to Survive Coming face-to-face with an overzealous tiger shark, this surfer brawls with his unexpected attacker.

  • They belonged to the species known as the tiger shark, and bore no resemblance to our ghastly visitor of the preceding evening.

    The Island Home | Richard Archer
  • Their skins were a mottled brown and yellow, like the crustacean-feeding "tiger shark" of Port Jack-son.

  • In the boiling wake of the whaleboat I could see a dozen triangular fins—the fins of the real tiger shark of the tropics.

    Swept Out to Sea | W. Bertram Foster
  • You know the South Seas, and you know that the tiger shark, like the bald-face grizzly of Alaska, never gives trail.

    The Red One | Jack London
  • Kroger says the teeth are in multiple rows, like a tiger shark's.

    The Dope on Mars | John Michael Sharkey

British Dictionary definitions for tiger shark

tiger shark

  1. a voracious omnivorous requiem shark, Galeocerdo cuvieri, chiefly of tropical waters, having a striped or spotted body

  2. any of certain other spotted sharks, such as Stegostoma tigrinum, of the Indian Ocean

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