Gray whale
Gray whale Gray whale (Zo["o]l.), a rather large and swift baleen whale of the northern Pacific ({Eschrichtius robustus}, formerly {Rhachianectes glaucus}), having short jaws and no dorsal fin; -- called also {grayback}, {devilfish}, and {hardhead}. It grows to a length of 50 feet (sometimes 60 feet). It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of California, and is now rare. It lives up to 50 or 60 years and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons. [1913 Webster + PJC]

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  • Gray whale — Gray Gray (gr[=a]), a. [Compar. {Grayer}; superl. {Grayest}.] [OE. gray, grey, AS. gr[=ae]g, gr[=e]g; akin to D. graauw, OHG. gr[=a]o, G. grau, Dan. graa, Sw. gr[*a], Icel. gr[=a]r.] [Written also {grey}.] 1. any color of neutral hue between… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • gray whale — a grayish black whalebone whale, Eschrichtius robustus, of the North Pacific, growing to a length of 50 ft. (15.2 m): now rare. [1855 60] * * * ▪ mammal  a slender baleen whale having a profusion of external parasites that give it the appearance… …   Universalium

  • gray whale — noun medium sized greyish black whale of the northern Pacific • Syn: ↑grey whale, ↑devilfish, ↑Eschrichtius gibbosus, ↑Eschrichtius robustus • Hypernyms: ↑baleen whale, ↑whalebone whale …   Useful english dictionary

  • gray whale — noun Date: 1860 a large baleen whale (Eschrichtius robustus) of the northern Pacific having short jaws and no dorsal fin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gray whale — noun A baleen whale, Eschrichtius robustus, from the north Pacific …   Wiktionary

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