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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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

Also called minke whale, lesser rorqual.

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British Dictionary definitions for minke whale

minke whale

/ (ˈmɪŋkə) /

noun

a type of small whalebone whale or rorqual, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, up to 10 metres longAlso called: minke

Word Origin for minke whale

C20: probably from Norwegian minkehval, from minke lesser + hval whale

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Word Origin and History for minke whale

minke

n.
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