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Any of several large baleen whales of the family Balaenidae, characterized by a large head with an arched upper jaw and absence of a dorsal fin.
[Because it was the "right" whale to kill.]
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(Animals) any large whalebone whale of the family Balaenidae. They are grey or black, have a large head, and, in most, no dorsal fin, and are hunted as a source of whalebone and oil. See also bowhead
[C19: perhaps so named because it was right for hunting]
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any of several large whalebone whales of the genus Balaena, of circumpolar seas.
[1715–25; allusion unclear]
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|Noun||1.||right whale - large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil|
baleen whale, whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
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