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  • proper n. A taxonomic family within the order Squaliformes — dogfish sharks.


Squalus +‎ -idae (Wiktionary)


  • Linnaeus classifies the Sharks as the Squalidae family, and they are, upon the whole, as unpleasant a family as a Squalid Castaway would desire to meet with in a Squall.

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 17, July 23, 1870

  • From the study Mr Clare made of the subject, we found that the name by which the shark is technically known is _Squalidae_, which includes a large family fitly designated, as your Latin dictionary will prove when you find the adjective _squalidus_ -- "filthy, slovenly, loathsome."

    Captain Mugford Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors

  • _Zygaena_ family of the _Squalidae_, (I think they sound more horribly devilish when called by their classical titles), is one dangerous to man, and it is very rare that a man-eating or man-biting shark is ever found on the English coast.

    Captain Mugford Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors


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