blue whale
noun Date: 1851 a very large baleen whale (Balaenoptera musculus syn. Sibbaldus musculus) that may reach a weight of 150 tons (135 metric tons) and a length of 100 feet (30 meters) and is generally considered the largest living animal

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  • blue whale — blue′ whale′ n. mam a baleen whale, Balaenoptera musculus, having furrowed, slate blue skin: at up to 100 ft. (30.5 m) long, the largest mammal ever known • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • blue whale — n. a rorqual (Balaenoptera musculus) with a blue gray back: the largest animal that has ever lived, reaching a length of over 30 m (100 ft) and weighing up to 136,000 kg ( c. 150 tons) …   English World dictionary

  • blue whale — ► NOUN ▪ a bluish grey rorqual which is the largest living animal …   English terms dictionary

  • Blue Whale — Taxobox name = Blue WhaleMSW3 Mead | pages = 725] status = EN 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., Donovan, G …   Wikipedia

  • blue whale — a migratory baleen whale, Balaenoptera musculus, mostly of oceans and seas in the Southern Hemisphere, growing to a length of 100 ft. (30.5 m) and having a furrowed, slate blue skin mottled with lighter spots, in some seas acquiring a yellowish… …   Universalium

  • blue whale — noun largest mammal ever known; bluish grey migratory whalebone whale mostly of southern hemisphere • Syn: ↑sulfur bottom, ↑Balaenoptera musculus • Hypernyms: ↑baleen whale, ↑whalebone whale • Member Holonyms: ↑Balaenopter …   Useful english dictionary

  • blue whale — mėlynasis banginis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Balaenoptera musculus angl. blue rorqual; blue whale; great blue whale; great northern rorqual; great whale; Sibbald’s rorqual vok. Blauwal;… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • blue whale — noun A whale (Balaenoptera musculus), blue in colour/color and the largest known living animal. Syn: sulfur bottom whale, sulphur bottom whale …   Wiktionary

  • blue whale — n. large baleen whale found in all non polar ocean waters (largest animal on Earth, currently listed as an endangered species) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • blue whale — noun a mottled bluish grey rorqual which is the largest living animal and reaches lengths of up to 27 m (90 ft). [Balaenoptera musculus.] …   English new terms dictionary

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