from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shark, Scylliorhinus canicula, a small species abundant in the Mediterranean and vicinity: so named from the spots. See cat-shark.
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Mr. Giddings and the boys were all excited at the thought of getting a harpoon into a huge leopard-shark, which will fight any and everything that swims, as well as many things of flesh which do not swim, not excepting man himself.
Mr. Choate judged this fuss to be caused either by a leopard-shark killing its prey, or by some battle royal between two equally big denizens of the deep.