Origin of minke
Examples from the Web for minke
Like Bryde's whales, minke whales often approach close to vessels.
Bryde's whales, like minke whales, reportedly often approach close to vessels as if curious about them.
Minke whales arrive along the Canadian coast in May or June.
Minke whales may also approach very close to shore and often enter bays, inlets, and estuaries.
Further, minke whales rarely reach 30 feet (9.1 m) in maximum length.
Word Origin and History for minke
type of small whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), 1939, supposedly from the Norwegian surname Meincke.
The name minke is said to have derived from one of Svend Foyn's crew by the name of Meincke, who mistook a school of these whales for blue whales. Whalers all over the world considered this incident so amusing that they used his name as a household word to describe this species. [J.N. Tønnessen & A.O. Johnsen, "The History of Modern Whaling" (transl. R.I. Christophersen), 1982]
Also known in English as the lesser rorqual and little piked whale.