narwhale


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nar·whal

also nar·wal  (när′wəl) or nar·whale (-wāl′, -hwāl′)
n.
An Arctic whale (Monodon monoceros) having mottled gray or whitish skin and in the male, a long spirally twisted tusk projecting forward from the left side of the head.

[Norwegian or Danish narhval, from Old Norse nāhvalr : nār, corpse (from its whitish color) + hvalr, whale.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.narwhale - small Arctic whale the male having a long spiral ivory tusknarwhale - small Arctic whale the male having a long spiral ivory tusk
whale - any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head
genus Monodon, Monodon - type genus of the Monodontidae
References in classic literature ?
In old Norse times, the thrones of the sea-loving Danish kings were fabricated, saith tradition, of the tusks of the narwhale.
An outstanding new Animals Illustrated series showcasing the Walrus, the Narwhale, and the Polar Bear from Inhabit Media is unreservedly recommended, especially for elementary school and community library Pets/Wildlife collections.
It is intended to raise awareness of seismic testing in Nunavut that is threatening narwhale populations, other wildlife and the lives of the indigenous Inuit people of the area who depend on hunting and fishing.