any of several whales of the genus Balaenoptera; finback.
Origin of rorqual
< Norwegian rørkval, Old Norse reytharhvalr,
equivalent to reyth(a)r
rorqual (akin to rauthr red1
) + hvalr whale1
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Related Words for rorqualmammal
Examples from the Web for rorqual
Historical Examples of 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.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for rorqual
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
Word Origin for rorqual
C19: from French, from Norwegian rörhval, from Old Norse reytharhvalr, from reythr (from rauthr red) + hvalr whale
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