Common name of Carcharhinus leucas
 
Common name Bull shark
Language English
Type AFS
Official trade name No
Rank 1 - (Legal common name (unique))
Country United States (contiguous states)
Locality
Ref. Page, L.M., H. Espinosa-PĂ©rez, L.T. Findley, C.R. Gilbert, R.N. Lea, N.E. Mandrak, R.L. Mayden and J.S. Nelson, 2013
Life stage juveniles and adults
Sex females and males
Core primary lexeme
1st modifier non-fish animal
2nd modifier
Remarks 'shark', of obscure origins but appears to have been introduced to English in the late 1560s by members of Sir John Hawkins' expedition (a ballad of 1569 recorded 'There is no proper name for [the fish] that I know, but that certain men of Captain Hawkins' doth call it a shark'), but it is not known where they got it from. A resemblance to Austrian dialect 'schirk', i.e., sturgeon has been noted (p. 471 in Ref. 11979). Also Ref. 276, 52299, 84466.
 
Entered by Froese, Rainer
Modified by Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G.
Checked by Palomares, Maria Lourdes D.
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