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baleen whale

[ buh-leen-hweyl, weyl ]
/ bəˈlin ˈʰweɪl, ˈweɪl /
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noun
any whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of baleen on the sides of the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water.
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Also called whalebone whale .
Compare toothed whale.

Origin of baleen whale

First recorded in 1870–75

Words nearby baleen whale

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British Dictionary definitions for baleen whale

baleen whale

noun
another name for whalebone whale
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Scientific definitions for baleen whale

baleen whale

Any of several usually large whales of the suborder Mysticeti, having a symmetrical skull with two blowholes and plates of baleen instead of teeth. Baleen whales include the humpback, blue, fin, minke, and right whales, and the rorquals. Compare toothed whale.
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