Rorqual
Rorqual Ror"qual, n. [Norw. rorqualus a whale with folds.] (Zo["o]l.) A very large North Atlantic whalebone whale ({Physalus antiquorum}, or {Bal[ae]noptera physalus}). It has a dorsal fin, and strong longitudinal folds on the throat and belly. Called also {razorback}. [1913 Webster]

Note: It is one of the largest of the whales, somethimes becoming nearly one hundred feet long, but it is more slender than the right whales, and is noted for its swiftness. The name is sometimes applied to other related species of finback whales. [1913 Webster]


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  • rorqual — [ rɔrk(w)al ] n. m. • 1789; norv. røyrkval, a. island. reythar hvalr, de reythr, n. de l espèce, et hvalr « baleine » ♦ Mammifère cétacé de grande taille qui vit dans les mers froides. ⇒ baleinoptère. Des rorquals. ● rorqual, rorquals nom… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Rorqual — Nom vernaculaire ou nom normalisé ambigu : Le terme «  Rorqual  » s applique, en français, à plusieurs taxons distincts. Rorqual …   Wikipédia en Français

  • rorqual — [rôr′kwəl] n. [Fr < Norw röyrkval < ON reytharhvalr < reythr, rorqual (prob. akin to rautha < IE base * reudh , RED) + hvalr,WHALE1: hence lit., red whale, from the reddish streaks in the skin] any of a family (Balaenopteridae) of… …   English World dictionary

  • Rorqual — Rorqual, Untergattung der Balänoptera, s.d …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • rorqual — s. m. Espécie de baleia …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • rorqual — /rawr kweuhl/, n. any of several whales of the genus Balaenoptera; finback. [1820 30; < F < Norw rørkval, ON reytharhvalr, equiv. to reyth(a)r rorqual (akin to rauthr RED1) + hvalr WHALE1] * * * Any of five species of baleen whales in the genus… …   Universalium

  • Rorqual — Taxobox name = RorqualsMSW3 Cetacea|id=14300010] image caption = Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Cetacea subordo = Mysticeti familia = Balaenopteridae familia authority = Gray,… …   Wikipedia

  • rorqual — (ror koual) s. m. Espèce de baleine.    Au plur. Des rorquals. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Suéd. roer, tuyau, et qval, baleine : baleine à tuyaux, à cause des plis de la peau sous la gorge et la poitrine, d après Cuvier. SUPPLÉMENT AU DICTIONNAIRE    RORQUAL.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • rorqual — noun Etymology: French, from Norwegian rørhval, from Old Norse reytharhvalr, from reythr rorqual + hvalr whale Date: 1827 any of a family (Balaenopteridae) of large baleen whales (as a blue whale or humpback whale) having the skin of the throat… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rorqual — noun /ˈrɒrkwəl/ Any whale with longitudinal skin folds running from below the mouth to the navel, allowing the capacity of the mouth to expand greatly when feeding. Now then, the biggest whales, those rorqual whales that frequent the waterways of …   Wiktionary

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