mysticete

[ mis-tuh-seet ]
/ ˈmɪs təˌsit /

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.

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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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Example sentences 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