Common name of Pristiophorus japonicus
 
Common name Japanese sawshark
Language English
Type FAO
Official trade name No
Rank 1 - (Legal common name (unique))
Country Global
Locality
Ref. FAO-FIES, 2021
Life stage juveniles and adults
Sex females and males
Core primary lexeme
1st modifier inanimate object
2nd modifier locality/area
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. 171, 56807, 83882, 90062, 93840, 95632, 115257, 118272, 122997.
 
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