baleen

[ buh-leen ]
/ bəˈlin /

noun

Origin of baleen

1275–1325; Middle English balene (< Anglo-French baleine, beleine) < Latin bal(l)ēna, variant of bal(l)aena whale < an unidentified language, also the source of Greek phál(l)aina whale; replacing Middle English balayn < Middle French balaine whale(bone) < Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for baleen

baleen

/ (bəˈliːn) /

noun

whalebone

Word Origin for baleen

C14: from Latin bālaena whale; related to Greek phalaina whale
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Science definitions for baleen

baleen

[ bə-lēn ]

A flexible horny substance hanging in fringed plates from the upper jaw of baleen whales. It is used to strain plankton from seawater when feeding. Also called whalebone
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