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mysticete

[ mis-tuh-seet ]
/ ˈmɪs təˌsit /
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noun Zoology.

any whale of the suborder Mysticeti, as finback and humpback whales, characterized by a symmetrical skull, paired blowholes, and rows of baleen plates for feeding on plankton.

Nearby words

mystery tour, mystic, mystical, mystical theology, mystically, mysticete, mysticism, mysticity, mysticize, mysticly, mystification
Compare odontocete.

Origin of mysticete

1825–35; < New Latin Mysticeti, plural of Mysticetus < Greek mystíkētos or mŷs tò kêtos whalebone whale, literally, mouse-whale (term used in extant texts of Aristotle, perhaps a corruption of *mystakókētos mustache-whale; see mustachio, cet-)
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Examples from the Web for mysticete

  • That was why the Mysticete we had killed the day before did not start to drag the Scarboro toward the school.

    Swept Out to Sea|W. Bertram Foster