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Shark in Different Languages

How to Say Shark in Different Languages and Countries There are over 500 species of sharks in the waters of our planet. White shark, blue shark, tiger shark, hammerhead shark, mako shark are some of the most well-known ones. Why Is It Called Shark? Firstly, let's have a look where the word "shark" comes from; It's a very, very new word actually. It enters the books and dictionaries only in 19th century. It most probably comes from Dutch word " schurk " meaning "villain". And "schurk" become " shark " as it was applied to the fish due to its predatory behaviour.  There are some other suggestions for the origins of the word "shark" but it seems this theory is the most logical. Before 16th century this fish was called "dog fish".  It is still called dog fish in many regions of the world (like in Turkey) Arabic  - qarsh Bengali  - hāṅgara Burmese  - ngarrmaann Shark in Chinese  - shāyú Czech  - žr