humpback whale

[ huhmp-bak hweyl, weyl ]

  1. a large baleen whale of the genus Megaptera having long narrow flippers, and noted for its habit of arching deeply as it dives: an endangered species.

Origin of humpback whale

First recorded in 1715–25

Words Nearby humpback whale Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use humpback whale in a sentence

  • The humpback whale is one of these "Finners," distinguished by its excessively long flippers and huge bulk.

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