minke whale

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min·ke whale

Either of two small, dark gray baleen whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, which is found worldwide and has a white band on the flippers, or B. bonaerensis, which inhabits Antarctic waters.

[Partial translation of Norwegian minkehval : minke (perhaps after Meincke, member of a 19th-century Norwegian whaling crew) + hval, whale.]
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minke whale

(ˈmɪŋkə) or


(Animals) a type of small whalebone whale or rorqual, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, up to 10 metres long
[C20: probably from Norwegian minkehval, from minke lesser + hval whale]
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Noun1.minke whale - small finback of coastal waters of Atlantic and Pacificminke whale - small finback of coastal waters of Atlantic and Pacific
rorqual, razorback - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
Balaenoptera, genus Balaenoptera - type genus of the Balaenopteridae
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