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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. The suborder of elasmobranch fishes which comprises the sharks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ichthyology, a section of elasmobranchiate fishes, or selachians, having the gill-slits lateral and plural, five, six, or seven in number; the sharks proper, as distinguished from the Raiæ (rays or skates, with ventral gill-slits) and from the Holocephali (chimeras, with gill-slits a single pair).

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