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Any of various marine mammals of the order Cetacea, including the whales, dolphins, and porpoises, having the general shape of a fish with forelimbs modified to form flippers, a tail with horizontal flukes, and one or two blowholes for breathing.
[From New Latin Cētācea, order name, from Latin cētus, whale; see Cetus.]
ce·ta′cean, ce·ta′ceous (-shəs) adj.
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(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Cetacea, an order of aquatic placental mammals having no hind limbs and a blowhole for breathing: includes toothed whales (dolphins, porpoises, etc) and whalebone whales (rorquals, right whales, etc)
(Animals) a whale
[C19: from New Latin Cētācea, ultimately from Latin cētus whale, from Greek kētos]
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1. belonging to the Cetacea, an order of aquatic, chiefly marine mammals, including the whales and dolphins.n.
2. a cetacean mammal.
[1830–40; < New Latin Cetace(a) (Latin cēt(us) whale, cetacean (< Greek kêtos)]
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Any of various, often very large marine mammals having an almost hairless body that resembles that of a fish. Cetaceans have a flat, horizontal tail and forelimbs modified into broad flippers. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises are cetaceans.
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|Noun||1.||cetacean - large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs no hind limbs, including: whales; dolphins; porpoises; narwhals|
aquatic mammal - whales and dolphins; manatees and dugongs; walruses; seals
whale - any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head
fluke - either of the two lobes of the tail of a cetacean
blowhole - the spiracle of a cetacean located far back on the skull
pod - a group of aquatic mammals
|Adj.||1.||cetacean - of or relating to whales and dolphins etc|
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cetacean[sɪˈteɪʃən] n → cétacé m
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