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odontocete

[ oh-don-tuh-seet ]
/ oʊˈdɒn təˌsit /
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noun Zoology.
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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Origin of odontocete

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