- a small, common whale, Globicephala sieboldii, of tropical and temperate seas, having a bulbous head.
Origin of pilot whale
First recorded in 1865–70
Also called pothead whale.
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- any of several black toothed whales of the genus Globicephala, such as G. melaena, that occur in all seas except polar seas: family DelphinidaeAlso called: black whale, blackfish