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baleen whale

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noun
  1. whalebone whale.
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Origin of baleen whale

First recorded in 1870–75
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British Dictionary definitions for baleen whale

baleen whale

noun
  1. another name for whalebone whale
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baleen whale in Science

baleen whale

  1. 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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