minke

[ ming-kee ]
/ ˈmɪŋ ki /

noun

a dark-colored baleen whale, Baleanoptera acutorostrata, inhabiting temperate and polar seas and growing to a length of 33 feet (10 meters): reduced in numbers.

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Also called minke whale, lesser rorqual.

Origin of minke

1930–35; <Norwegian minkehval, allegedly after a crew member of the Norwegian whaling pioneer Svend Foyn (1809–94), named Meincke, who mistook a pod of minkes for blue whales
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