humpback whale

humpback whale
noun Date: 1725 a large baleen whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) that is black above and white below and has very long flippers, and fleshy tubercles along the snout

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  • Humpback whale — Hump back whale, n. the {humpback[3]}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • humpback whale — also humpback n a large ↑whale …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • humpback whale — noun count a dark gray or black WHALE with a large round back …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Humpback whale — Humpback whale[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Humpback Whale — Taxobox name = Humpback whale MSW3 Cetacea|id=14300027] status = LC status system = iucn3.1 status ref =IUCN2008|assessors=Reilly, S.B., Bannister, J.L., Best, P.B., Brown, M., Brownell Jr., R.L., Butterworth, D.S., Clapham, P.J., Cooke, J.,… …   Wikipedia

  • humpback whale — a large whalebone whale of the genus Megaptera having long narrow flippers, and noted for its habit of arching deeply as it dives: once abundant in coastal waters, it is now rare but its numbers are increasing. [1715 25] * * * Long finned baleen… …   Universalium

  • humpback whale — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms humpback whale : singular humpback whale plural humpback whales a dark grey or black whale with a large round back …   English dictionary

  • humpback whale — noun large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives • Syn: ↑humpback, ↑Megaptera novaeangliae • Hypernyms: ↑baleen whale, ↑whalebone whale • Member Holonyms: ↑Megaptera, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • humpback whale — hump′back whale′ n. zool. mam a large whalebone whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, having long, narrow flippers • Etymology: 1715–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • humpback whale — noun A baleen whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) …   Wiktionary

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