baleen whale

[ buh-leen-hweyl, weyl ]

  1. any whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of baleen on the sides of the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water.

Origin of baleen whale

First recorded in 1870–75

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British Dictionary definitions for baleen whale

baleen whale

  1. another name for whalebone whale

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Scientific definitions for baleen whale

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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