baleen whale

baleen whale
noun Date: 1874 any of a suborder (Mysticeti) of usually large whales lacking teeth but having baleen which is used to filter chiefly small crustaceans (as krill) out of large quantities of seawater

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  • baleen whale — n. any of an order (Mysticeta) of whales with toothless jaws, baleen in the mouth, and a symmetrical skull, consisting of the gray whale, the right whales, and rorquals …   English World dictionary

  • baleen whale — baleen′ whale′ n. mam whalebone whale • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • baleen whale — ► NOUN ▪ any of the kinds of whale that have plates of whalebone in the mouth for straining plankton from the water …   English terms dictionary

  • baleen whale — /bəˌlin ˈweɪl/ (say buh.leen wayl) noun one of the group of whales of the suborder Mysticeti, which have baleen, such as the blue whale, sei whale, right whale, etc. Compare toothed whale. Also, whalebone whale …   Australian English dictionary

  • baleen whale — noun whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water • Syn: ↑whalebone whale • Hypernyms: ↑whale • Hyponyms: ↑right whale, ↑bowhead, ↑bowhead whale, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • baleen whale — noun Any of several large whales, of the suborder Mysticeti, that have plates of whalebone instead of teeth Syn: whalebone whale, great whale …   Wiktionary

  • baleen whale. — See whalebone whale. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • baleen whale. — See whalebone whale. [1870 75] …   Useful english dictionary

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