basking shark

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bask·ing shark

(băs′kĭng)
n.
A very large shark (Cetorhinus maximus) that measures up to about 12 meters (40 feet) in length, feeds on plankton, and often floats near the surface of the water.

basking shark

n
(Animals) a very large plankton-eating shark, Cetorhinus maximus, often floating at the sea surface: family Cetorhinidae. Also called: sailfish

bask′ing shark`

(ˈbæs kɪŋ, ˈbɑ skɪŋ)
n.
a large shark, Cetorhinus maximus, of cold and temperate seas, that often swims slowly or floats at the surface.
[1760–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.basking shark - large harmless plankton-eating northern sharkbasking shark - large harmless plankton-eating northern shark; often swims slowly or floats at the sea surface
mackerel shark - fierce pelagic and oceanic sharks
Cetorhinus, genus Cetorhinus - comprising only the basking sharks; in some classifications considered the type genus of a separate family Cetorhinidae
Translations
requin pèlerin

basking shark

nRiesenhai m

basking shark

[ˈbɑːskɪŋˈʃɑːk] nsqualo elefante
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There are approximately six nominal extinct cetorhinid species, ranging in age from the middle Eocene to late Pleistocene (Cappetta, 2006; Welton, 2013).
Indeterminate fragmentary cetorhinid gill rakers occur in the Oligocene Kirker Formation of California (Welton, unpublished data).