humpback whale

(redirected from Humpback wale)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
Related to Humpback wale: fin whale
click for a larger image
humpback whale
Megaptera novaeangliae

humpback whale

n.
A baleen whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) that arches its back when it dives, has long knobby flippers and a small dorsal fin, and communicates with complex songs.

hump′back whale′


n.
a large whalebone whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, having long, narrow flippers.
[1715–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.humpback whale - large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it diveshumpback whale - large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives
baleen whale, whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
genus Megaptera, Megaptera - humpback whales
Translations
baleine à bossejubartemégaptère
References in periodicals archive ?
There's a new selection of ocean-themed footage from both above and below the water's surface, including freedivers exploring haunting shipwrecks, nomadic sailors facing the icy waters of Antarctica, and marine life such as humpback wales and the endangered Giant Pacific Mantaray.