Definition for SHARK

SHARK, n. [L. carcharias; Gr. καρχαριας, from καρχαρος, sharp; Corn. skarkias.]

  1. A family of voracious cartilaginous fishes of several genera, as Squalus, Carcharies, Scyllium, &c. The body is oblong, tapering and rough, and some species have several rows of serrated teeth. The largest grow to the length of thirty feet.
  2. A greedy artful fellow; one who fills his pockets by sly tricks. [Low.] – South.
  3. Trick; fraud; petty rapine; as, to live upon the shark. [Little used.] – South.
  4. In New England, one that lives by shifts, contrivance or stratagem.

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