whalebone whale
noun Date: 1725 baleen whale

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  • whalebone whale — n. BALEEN WHALE …   English World dictionary

  • whalebone whale — whale′bone whale n. mam any toothless whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of whalebone in the mouth Also called baleen whale • Etymology: 1715–25 …   From formal English to slang

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

  • whalebone whale — any whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of whalebone on the sides of the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water. Also called baleen whale. Cf. toothed whale. [1715 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • whalebone whale — noun another term for baleen whale …   English new terms dictionary

  • whalebone whale — /ˈweɪlboʊn weɪl/ (say waylbohn wayl) noun → baleen whale …   Australian English dictionary

  • Whalebone — Whale bone , n. A firm, elastic substance resembling horn, taken from the upper jaw of the right whale; baleen. It is used as a stiffening in stays, fans, screens, and for various other purposes. See {Baleen}. [1913 Webster] Note: Whalebone is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whale — whale1 [hwāl, wāl] n. pl. whales or whale [ME whal < OE hwæl, akin to OHG hwal, ON hvalr, MDu wal < IE base * (s)kwalos, a large fish > L squalus, big sea fish] 1. any member of either of two orders (Mysticeta and Odontoceta) of aquatic… …   English World dictionary

  • whalebone — n. an elastic horny substance growing in thin parallel plates in the upper jaw of some whales, used as stiffening etc. Phrases and idioms: whalebone whale a baleen whale …   Useful english dictionary

  • Whale — Whale, n. [OE. whal, AS. hw[ae]l; akin to D. walvisch, G. wal, walfisch, OHG. wal, Icel. hvalr, Dan. & Sw. hval, hvalfisk. Cf. {Narwhal}, {Walrus}.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any aquatic mammal of the order {Cetacea}, especially any one of the large species,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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