from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of man-eater sharks of enormous size and with serrate teeth, of the family Lamnidæ.

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  • n. man-eating sharks


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  • Carcharodon megalodon lived "between about 18 million to 1.5 million years ago and was the apex predator of its time. The oldest C. megalodon teeth found are about 18 million years old. C. megalodon became extinct in the Pleistocene epoch probably about 1.5 million years ago. It is the largest carnivorous fish known to have existed, and quite possibly the largest shark ever to have lived." (Wikipedia, which also has a wicked cool "artist depiction.")

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    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 205

    February 19, 2008

  • Literally, "ragged tooth"

    December 10, 2006