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baleen whale

n.
Any of several usually large cetaceans of the suborder Mysticeti, having two blowholes and whalebone plates instead of teeth, and including the humpback whale and the right whales. Also called mysticete, whalebone whale.

baleen whale

n
(Animals) another name for whalebone whale

whale′bone whale`


n.
any toothless whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of whalebone in the mouth. Also called baleen whale.
[1715–25]
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Noun1.baleen whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the waterbaleen whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
whale - any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head
Mysticeti, suborder Mysticeti - baleen whales: right whales; rorquals; blue whales; humpbacks
right whale - large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil
rorqual, razorback - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
Balaenoptera musculus, blue whale, sulfur bottom - largest mammal ever known; bluish-grey migratory whalebone whale mostly of southern hemisphere
humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, humpback - large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives
devilfish, Eschrichtius gibbosus, Eschrichtius robustus, gray whale, grey whale - medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
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The shrimp-like crustaceans provide sustenance for the majority of fish, seals, penguins and baleen whales that dominate Antarctic food webs.
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Baleen whales, or Mysticetes, split from their toothed cousins, Odontocetes, about 34 million years ago, and researchers analyzed a whale skull from around that time, recovered from Antarctica.
They teach their young hunting strategies, and wild orcas have even cooperated with humans in the hunt for baleen whales.