Monodon monocerous
Narwhal Nar"whal (n[aum]r"hw[.a]l), n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. n[=a]hvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. n[=a]r corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See {Whale}.] [Written also {narwhale} and {narwal}.] (Zo["o]l.) An arctic cetacean ({Monodon monocerous}), about twenty feet long. The male usually has one long, twisted, pointed canine tooth, or tusk, projecting forward from the upper jaw like a horn, whence it is called also {sea unicorn}, {unicorn fish}, and {unicorn whale}. Sometimes two horns are developed, side by side. [1913 Webster]

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  • narwal — Narwhal Nar whal (n[aum]r hw[.a]l), n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. n[=a]hvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. n[=a]r corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See {Whale}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Narwhal — Nar whal (n[aum]r hw[.a]l), n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. n[=a]hvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. n[=a]r corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See {Whale}.] [Written also {narwhale} and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • narwhale — Narwhal Nar whal (n[aum]r hw[.a]l), n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. n[=a]hvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. n[=a]r corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See {Whale}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sea unicorn — Narwhal Nar whal (n[aum]r hw[.a]l), n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. n[=a]hvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. n[=a]r corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See {Whale}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unicorn fish — Narwhal Nar whal (n[aum]r hw[.a]l), n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. n[=a]hvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. n[=a]r corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See {Whale}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unicorn whale — Narwhal Nar whal (n[aum]r hw[.a]l), n. [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. n[=a]hvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. n[=a]r corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See {Whale}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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