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humpback whale

a large whalebone whale of the genus Megaptera having long narrow flippers, and noted for its habit of arching deeply as it dives: once abundant in coastal waters, it is now rare but its numbers are increasing.
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First recorded in 1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The humpback whale is one of these "Finners," distinguished by its excessively long flippers and huge bulk.

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    Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester

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