Origin of narwhal
Examples from the Web for narwhal
As it was, the mad upward rush of the narwhal missed its aim.
There is little doubt that most of the horn used medicinally, was that obtained from the narwhal or sea unicorn.The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy|Charles John Samuel Thompson
Petersen saw and fired a shot into a narwhal, which brought the blubber out.In the Arctic Seas|Francis Leopold McClintock
With mad thrashings the narwhal struggled to break loose, but in vain.
The foreshaft is generally made of reindeer-horn or else of narwhal tusk.Eskimo Life|Fridtjof Nansen
British Dictionary definitions for narwhal
narwal narwhale (ˈnɑːˌweɪl)
Word Origin for narwhal
Word Origin and History for narwhal
1650s, from Danish and Norwegian narhval, probably a metathesis of Old Norse nahvalr, literally "corpse-whale," from na "corpse" + hvalr "whale" (see whale). So called from resemblance of its whitish color to that of dead bodies. The first element is from PIE *nau- "death; to be exhausted" (cf. Old English ne, neo, Gothic naus "corpse," Old Cornish naun, Old Church Slavonic navi, Old Prussian nowis "corpse," Lettish nawe "death," Lithuanian novyti "to torture, kill").