any baleen whale of the genus Balaenoptera, having a prominent dorsal fin, especially B. physalus, of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts; rorqual: an endangered species.

Origin of finback

First recorded in 1715–25; fin1 + back1
Also called finback whale, fin whale. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of finback

  • Browne reminds us of the 2001 encounter between an American EP-3E surveillance aircraft and a Chinese "Finback" fighter jet.

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Historical Examples of finback

British Dictionary definitions for finback



another name for rorqual
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