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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
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Yet we have seen that by his baleen it is impossible correctly to classify the Greenland whale.
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com/prehistoric-whales-had-knife-teeth-tear-apart-prey-2584479) opposed to being a baleen whale, the mammals that filter-feed instead of biting down on their prey.
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From the 1750s through the first years of the 20th Century, American whaling voyages ranged farther off shore and ultimately around the world, in a pursuit that produced oil and baleen for the growing population and industrialization of the U.
Felix Marx has worked primarily on the fossil record of the earliest baleen whales (mysticetes), while Olivier Lambert has studied principally the fossils of extinct toothed whales (odontocetes).