[rawr-kwuh l]


any of several whales of the genus Balaenoptera; finback.

Origin of rorqual

1820–30; < French < Norwegian rørkval, Old Norse reytharhvalr, equivalent to reyth(a)r rorqual (akin to rauthr red1) + hvalr whale1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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