whalebone whale


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whalebone whale

whalebone whale

n
(Animals) any whale belonging to the cetacean suborder Mysticeti, having a double blowhole and strips of whalebone between the jaws instead of teeth: includes the rorquals, right whales, and the blue whale. Compare toothed whale

whale′bone whale`


n.
any toothless whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of whalebone in the mouth. Also called baleen whale.
[1715–25]
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Noun1.whalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the waterwhalebone whale - whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
whale - any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head
Mysticeti, suborder Mysticeti - baleen whales: right whales; rorquals; blue whales; humpbacks
right whale - large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil
rorqual, razorback - any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
Balaenoptera musculus, blue whale, sulfur bottom - largest mammal ever known; bluish-grey migratory whalebone whale mostly of southern hemisphere
humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, humpback - large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives
devilfish, Eschrichtius gibbosus, Eschrichtius robustus, gray whale, grey whale - medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
References in periodicals archive ?
Changes in the abundance of whalebone whales in the Pacific and the Antarctic since the cessation of their exploitation.
On the natural history of whalebone whales. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 47:661-670.