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whale shark

n.
A very large plankton-feeding shark (Rhincodon typus) of tropical and warm temperate waters, having a spotted body. It is the largest living fish, reaching a length of about 12 meters (39 feet).

whale shark

n
(Animals) a large spotted whalelike shark, Rhincodon typus, of warm seas, that feeds on plankton and small animals: family Rhincodontidae

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n.
a tropical shark, Rhincodon typus, ranging in size from 30 to 60 ft. (9 to 18 m) and having small teeth and a sievelike structure over the gills for catching plankton.
[1880–85]
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Noun1.whale shark - large spotted shark of warm surface waters worldwidewhale shark - large spotted shark of warm surface waters worldwide; resembles a whale and feeds chiefly on plankton
shark - any of numerous elongate mostly marine carnivorous fishes with heterocercal caudal fins and tough skin covered with small toothlike scales
genus Rhincodon, Rhincodon - whale sharks
Translations
Walhai
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