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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A very large shark (Rhincodon typus) of warm marine waters, having a spotted body, small teeth, and a network of rakelike sieves extending from its gills for straining plankton from the water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very large spotted shark, Rhincodon typus, of warm marine waters, similar to a whale, that feeds by filtering plankton from the water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a huge harmless shark (Rhinodon typicus) of the Indian Ocean. It becomes sixty feet or more in length, but has very small teeth.
  • n. A very large harmless shark (Rhinodon typicus) native of the Indian Ocean. It sometimes becomes sixty feet long.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shark of the family Rhinodontid├Ž, Rhinodon typicus, one of the very largest sharks, and native of warm seas. See the technical names.
  • n. The basking-shark (which see, with cut).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large spotted shark of warm surface waters worldwide; resembles a whale and feeds chiefly on plankton

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