cetorhinus definition

  • noun:
    • the normal genus of sharks of family Cetorhinidæ, containing a species of great dimensions, approaching a whale in space, whence title. This is basically the basking-shark, C. maximus, which attains a length of 30 feet. See cut under basking-shark.
    • comprising only the basking sharks; in certain classifications considered the nature genus of a separate family members Cetorhinidae
    • The typical genus of sharks of the family Cetorhinidæ, containing a species of great size, approaching a whale in dimensions, whence the name. This is the basking-shark, C. maximus, which attains a length of 30 feet. See cut under basking-shark.
    • comprising just the basking sharks; in some classifications considered the type genus of a separate household Cetorhinidae

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