minke
noun see minke whale

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  • minke — type of small whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), 1939, supposedly from the Norwegian surname Meincke. The name minke is said to have derived from one of Svend Foyn s crew by the name of Meincke, who mistook a school of these whales for blue… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Minke — Christoph D. Minke (* 1965 in Nauen) ist ein deutscher Kirchenmusiker. Biografie Christoph D. Minke begann im Alter von fünf Jahren mit Klavierunterricht. Ab 1974 bildete er sich autodidaktisch weiter und erlernte das Orgelspiel. Bereits im Alter …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • minke — /ming kee/, n. a dark colored baleen whale, Baleanoptera acutorostrata, inhabiting temperate and polar seas and growing to a length of 33 ft. (10 m): reduced in numbers. Also called minke whale, lesser rorqual. [1930 35; < Norw minkehval,… …   Universalium

  • minke — noun A minke whale, one of two species of baleen whales often seen in coastal waters …   Wiktionary

  • minke — n. small gray whale …   English contemporary dictionary

  • minke — [ mɪŋkə, ki] noun a small rorqual whale with a dark grey back and white underparts. [Balaenoptera acutorostrata.] Origin 1930s: prob. from Meincke, the name of a Norw. whaler …   English new terms dictionary

  • minke — min·ke …   English syllables

  • minke — min•ke [[t]ˈmɪŋ ki[/t]] n. zool. mam a finback whale, Baleanoptera acutorostrata, of temperate and polar seas Also called min′ke whale . Etymology: 1930–35; < Norw minkehval, allegedly after Meincke, a crewman of the Norwegian whaler Svend… …   From formal English to slang

  • minke —  adj. (Baleine) à petits fanons …   Le dictionnaire des mots absents des autres dictionnaires

  • minke — n. a small baleen whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, with a pointed snout. Etymology: prob. f. Meincke, the name of a Norw. whaler …   Useful english dictionary

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