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

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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

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gray whale — gray′ whale′ n. mam a grayish black whalebone whale, Eschrichtius robustus, of the N Pacific, growing to a length of 50 ft. (15.2 m) …   From formal English to slang

  • gray whale — ☆ gray whale n. a mostly black, migratory baleen whale (Eschrichtius robustus) of the N Pacific: it is the only member of its family (Eschrichtiidae) …   English World dictionary

  • Gray Whale — Taxobox name = Gray Whale fossil range = Upper Pleistocene Recent status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref = cite web|title=Cetacean update of the 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species|url=http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/cetacean table …   Wikipedia

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

  • Gray Whale Ranch — is a part of Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz County, California. It is a 2,305 acre (9 km²) parcel of undeveloped land in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just outside of the City of Santa Cruz and adjacent to the University of California, Santa… …   Wikipedia

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