follow Dictionary.com

13 Essential Literary Terms

nurse shark

noun
1.
any of several sharks of the family Orectolobidae, especially Ginglymostoma cirratum, occurring in shallow waters from Rhode Island to Brazil and the Gulf of California to Ecuador.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; allegedly so called because the male habitually hangs on to the female's fin with his teeth
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for nurse shark
  • My sharp-eyed companions pointed out barracuda and a nurse shark, lying quietly in the shallows.
  • Habitat management and closure of a nurse shark breeding and nursery ground.
British Dictionary definitions for nurse shark

nurse shark

noun
1.
any of various sharks of the family Orectolobidae, such as Ginglymostoma cirratum of the Atlantic Ocean, having an external groove on each side of the head between the mouth and nostril
Word Origin
C15: nusse fisshe (later influenced in spelling by nurse), perhaps from division of obsolete an huss shark, dogfish (of uncertain origin) as a nuss
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for nurse shark

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for nurse

5
7
Scrabble Words With Friends