- any of several whales of the genus Balaenoptera; finback.
Origin of rorqual
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Examples from the Web for rorqual
That of the extinct Halitherium recalls the pelvis of the Rorqual.
What is temporary in the Rorqual appears to be permanent in the Sotalia.
Another visitor, the Rorqual, is not welcomed by the fishermen.Within the Deep
R. Cadwallader Smith
It has, however, the general outline of a Rorqual, with a relatively small head.
Captain Scoresby indeed mentions a Rorqual no less than 120 feet in length, but this is probably too great an estimate.The Beauties of Nature
Sir John Lubbock
- any of several whalebone whales of the genus Balaenoptera, esp B. physalus : family Balaenopteridae . They have a dorsal fin and a series of grooves along the throat and chestAlso called: finback
C19: from French, from Norwegian rörhval, from Old Norse reytharhvalr, from reythr (from rauthr red) + hvalr whale
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