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odontocete

[ oh-don-tuh-seet ]

noun

, Zoology.
  1. any whale of the suborder Odontoceti, as dolphins, killer whales, and sperm whales, characterized by an asymmetrical skull, a single blowhole, and rows of teeth, feeding primarily on fish, squid, and crustaceans.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of odontocete1

1880–85; < New Latin Odontoceti, equivalent to odonto- odonto- + ceti, plural of cetus whale, Latin cētus < Greek kêtos

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