pilot whale
noun Date: 1867 either of two chiefly black medium-sized toothed whales (Globicephala melaena syn. G. melas and G. macrorhynchus) — called also blackfish

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  • Pilot whale — Pilot Pi lot, n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet, sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. & G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead, akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pilot whale — pilot .whale n a small ↑whale with black skin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pilot whale — n. BLACKFISH (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • Pilot whale — Taxobox name = Pilot Whale image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Cetacea familia = Delphinidae genus = Globicephala range range map width = 250px range map caption = Green: Long finned range; Blue:… …   Wikipedia

  • pilot whale — a small, common whale, Globicephala sieboldii, of tropical and temperate seas, having a bulbous head. [1865 70] * * * Any of one to three species (genus Globicephala, family Delphinidae) of toothed whale found in all oceans except the Arctic and… …   Universalium

  • pilot whale — paprastoji grinda statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Globicephala melaena angl. Atlantic blackfish; blackfish; calling whale; common blackfish; common pilot whale; driving whale; howling whale; long… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • pilot whale — noun small dark colored whale of the Atlantic coast of the United States; the largest male acts as pilot or leader for the school • Syn: ↑black whale, ↑common blackfish, ↑blackfish, ↑Globicephala melaena • Hypernyms: ↑dolphin • Member …   Useful english dictionary

  • pilot whale — noun Either of two species of whale in the genus Globicephala, dark grey in colour …   Wiktionary

  • pilot whale — noun a black toothed whale with a square bulbous head. [Genus Globicephala: two species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • pilot whale — pi′lot whale n. mam either of two large, black, bulbous headed species of dolphin of the genus Globicephala[/ex] • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

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