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narwhal

[ nahr-wuhl ]
/ ˈnɑr wəl /
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noun

a small Arctic whale, Monodon monoceros, the male of which has a long, spirally twisted tusk extending forward from the upper jaw.

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Also narwal, nar·whale [nahr-hweyl, -weyl]. /ˈnɑrˌʰweɪl, -ˌweɪl/.

Origin of narwhal

First recorded in 1650–60; from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian, Swedish, Danish nar(h)val, reshaped from Old Norse nāhvalr, equivalent to nār “corpse” + hvalr whale1; allegedly so called because its skin resembles that of a human corpse
nar·whal·i·an [nahr-hwey-lee-uhn, -wey-, -wol-ee-], /nɑrˈʰweɪ li ən, -ˈweɪ-, -ˈwɒl i-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for narwhal

narwhal

narwal narwhale (ˈnɑːˌweɪl)

/ (ˈnɑːwəl) /

noun

an arctic toothed whale, Monodon monoceros, having a black-spotted whitish skin and, in the male, a long spiral tusk: family Monodontidae
C17: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish, Norwegian narhval, from Old Norse nāhvalr, from nār corpse + hvalr whale, from its white colour, supposed to resemble a human corpse
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