Definition of Angel shark

1. Noun. Sharks with broad flat bodies and winglike pectoral fins but that swim the way sharks do.

Exact synonyms: Angelfish, Monkfish, Squatina Squatina
Generic synonyms: Shark
Group relationships: Genus Squatina, Squatina

Definition of Angel shark

1. Noun. A member of the unusual genus Squatina of sharks with flattened bodies and broad pectoral fins resembling skates or rays. There are approximately 16 known species, which are the only members of their taxonomic genus, family and order. They occur worldwide in temperate and tropical seas. ¹

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Literary usage of Angel shark

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1. A Natural History of the Globe: Of Man, of Beasts, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles by Georges Louis Leclerc Buffon, John Wright (1831)
"Of Cartilaginous Fishes...Of the SHARK...The White Shark... The Blue, the Long-tailed, the Basking, the Hammer-headed, and the angel shark...The Remora. ..."

2. A History of the Earth and Animated Nature ...: With Numerous Notes from the by Oliver Goldsmith (1857)
"It is called Angel-shark from its extended pectoral fuis having the appearance of wings. ... The angel-shark ยป found in the Mediterranean and German ocean. ..."

3. Catalogue of the Hunterian Collection in the Museum of the Royal College of by Museum, Royal College of Surgeons in London (1831)
"Jaws of the angel shark. Mus. Heaviside. Prepared by Mr. Andr6. Hunterian. 1849. The head, with the jaws and teeth of the Hammer-headed Shark. ..."

4. A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith, Georges Louis Leclerc Buffon, comte de Georges Louis Leclerc Buffon (1810)
"MONK OR angel shark (Plate 81.) CONNECTS the genus of rays and sharks, as it partakes something of the nature of both ; it, however, differs from each of ..."

5. The Natural History of Ireland by William Thompson, James R. Garrett, George Dickie (1856)
"... and described by them to Dr. Ball, is considered by that gentleman to be the S. borealis. THE ANGEL-FISH, angel shark, OR MONK-FISH, ..."

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