from The Century Dictionary.

  • Resembling or related to a shark of the genus Selache; pertaining to the Selachii, or having their characters; squaloid or raioid; plagiostomous; in the broadest sense, elasmobranchiate. See also cuts under Elasmobranchii, saw-fish, shark, and skate.
  • noun A shark or other plagiostomous fish; any elasmobranch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Selachii. See Illustration in Appendix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective zoology Pertaining to the genus Selache, consisting of various sharks; shark-like.

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

  • noun any of numerous fishes of the class Chondrichthyes characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton and placoid scales: sharks; rays; skates


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From scientific Latin Selachē, from the plural of Ancient Greek σέλαχος ("shark").



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  • "'He may not be very palatable; his appearance cannot recommend him anywhere; but his flesh, like that of most selachians, is reasonably wholesome and nourishing.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 390

    February 23, 2008