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humpback whale


noun

a large whalebone whale of the genus Megaptera having long narrow flippers, and noted for its habit of arching deeply as it dives: once abundant in coastal waters, it is now rare but its numbers are increasing.

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Nearby words

humoursome, hump, hump day, humpback, humpback salmon, humpback whale, humpbacked, humped, humped cattle, humperdinck, humperdinck, engelbert

Origin of humpback whale

First recorded in 1715–25
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