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ba·leen

 (bə-lēn′)
n.

[Middle English balene, from Old French baleine, from Latin balaena, whale, from Greek phallaina, phalaina; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

baleen

(bəˈliːn)
n
(Zoology) whalebone
[C14: from Latin bālaena whale; related to Greek phalaina whale]

whale•bone

(ˈʰweɪlˌboʊn, ˈweɪl-)

n.
1. Also called baleen. an elastic, horny substance hanging in fringed platelike sheets from the upper jaws of whalebone whales and serving to strain plankton.
2. something made of this substance, as corset stays.
[1175–1225]

ba·leen

(bə-lēn′)
A flexible horny substance hanging in plates from the upper jaw of certain whales. It is used by the whales to strain plankton from seawater when feeding. Also called whalebone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.baleen - a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whalesbaleen - a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets
horn - the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails
References in classic literature ?
It yields the article commonly known as whalebone or baleen; and the oil specially known as whale oil, an inferior article in commerce.
In connexion with this appellative of Whalebone whales , it is of great importance to mention, that however such a nomenclature may be convenient in facilitating allusions to some kind of whales, yet it is in vain to attempt a clear classification of the Leviathan, founded upon either his baleen, or hump, or fin, or teeth; notwithstanding that those marked parts or features very obviously seem better adapted to afford the basis for a regular system of Cetology than any other detached bodily distinctions, which the whale, in his kinds, presents.
He has baleen. He is the most gamesome and light-hearted of all the whales, making more gay foam and white water generally than any other of them.
Baleen whales that swim thousands of miles while holding a rock-steady course and birds that can locate their nests on a tiny island after crisscrossing an entire ocean.
Minke are the secondsmallest type of mysticete - or baleen - whales in the world and filter-feed on small fish, krill and more.
Luckily, they have baleen plates, which they use to solve this problem."
The Bryde's whale, scientifically known as Balaenoptera edeni, is among the three rorqual or baleen whales found in Pakistani waters.
He said that it seemed that the whale had collided with a ship and was fatally injured.The Bryde's whale, scientifically known as Balaenoptera edeni, is among the three rorqual or baleen whales found in Pakistani waters.
"Leopard Skin" from Jean Paul Gaultier's 1997 gown crafted with beadwork that took 1,000 hours to create Whalebone the colloquial name for baleen, which is cut from the upper jaw of the baleen whale was used to stiffen and shape garments and to make accessories.
"It wouldn't be uncommon to see a minke circling a vessel, while swimming and rolling friendly of the baleen whales."
It was not the parade of evolutionary transformations and innovations to their bodies (the refashioning of forelegs into flippers or the appearance in some species of baleen, for feeding, for example) that made them big.
Pygmy blue whales have a larger head, shorter tail, and shorter baleen plates, and can live up to 70-90 years.