Definition of megamouth in English:


(also megamouth shark)


  • A shark with a very large wide mouth and tiny teeth, first captured in 1976 off the Hawaiian Islands.

    • ‘To date, comparatively few megamouth sharks have been caught, but we know that this species grows to at least a length of 15 feet [4.5 m].’
    • ‘The megamouth shark is characterized by a distinctive white band on the anterior surface of the snout.’
    • ‘The megamouth shark is one of the most mysterious and least understood of all the sharks.’
    • ‘The outermost surface of the megamouth's body is blackish brown, while its belly is noticeably white.’
    • ‘As their name suggests, the ‘megamouth shark’ has a huge mouth that extends behind the eyes.’