whalebone whale(redirected from whalebone whales)
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(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
any toothless whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of whalebone in the mouth. Also called baleen whale.
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|Noun||1.||whalebone 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
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