Origin of baleen
Related Words for baleenmammal, porpoise, whopper, cetacean, grampus, baleen, finback, beluga, rorqual, narwhal, orca, ceta, cete, orc, sei
Examples from the Web for baleen
Historical Examples of baleen
In these several respects they resemble the plates of baleen in the mouth of a whale.On the Origin of Species
He has enormous teeth or tushes in the lower jaw, but has no baleen.Ranching, Sport and Travel
These are known as the baleen plates and form the whalebone of commerce.
(g) The baleen of whales also belongs to the epidermal exoskeleton.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
The Toothed Whales are not furnished with baleen, but with teeth only.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Word Origin for baleen
Word Origin and History for baleen
early 14c., "whalebone," from Old French balaine (12c.) "whale, whalebone," from Latin ballaena, from Greek phallaina "whale" (apparently related to phallos "swollen penis," probably because of a whale's shape), from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). Klein writes that the Greek to Latin transition was "through the medium of the Illyrian language, a fact which explains the transition of Gk. -ph- into Latin -b- (instead of -p-)."
- 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