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ror·qual

 (rôr′kwəl)
n.
Any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small, pointed dorsal fin, and including the blue whale and the humpback whale.

[French, from Norwegian rørhval, from Old Norse reydharhvalr : reydhr, rorqual (from raudhr, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots) + hvalr, whale.]

rorqual

(ˈrɔːkwəl)
n
(Animals) any of several whalebone whales of the genus Balaenoptera, esp B. physalus: family Balaenopteridae. They have a dorsal fin and a series of grooves along the throat and chest. Also called: finback
[C19: from French, from Norwegian rörhval, from Old Norse reytharhvalr, from reythr (from rauthr red) + hvalr whale]

ror•qual

(ˈrɔr kwəl)

n.
any of several whales of the genus Balaenoptera; finback.
[1820–30; < French < Norwegian rørkval, Old Norse reytharhvalr=reyth(a)r rorqual (akin to rauthr red) + hvalr whale1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rorqual - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal finrorqual - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
baleen whale, whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
Balaenopteridae, family Balaenopteridae - rorquals; blue whales
Balaenoptera physalus, common rorqual, fin whale, finback, finback whale - large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along the throat; of Atlantic and Pacific
Balaenoptera borealis, sei whale - similar to but smaller than the finback whale
Balaenoptera acutorostrata, lesser rorqual, minke whale, piked whale - small finback of coastal waters of Atlantic and Pacific
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balenottera