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rorqual

[ rawr-kwuhl ]

noun

  1. any of several whales of the genus Balaenoptera; finback.


rorqual

/ ˈrɔːkwəl /

noun

  1. 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 chest Also calledfinback


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Word History and Origins

Origin of rorqual1

1820–30; < French < Norwegian rørkval, Old Norse reytharhvalr, equivalent to reyth ( a ) r rorqual (akin to rauthr red 1 ) + hvalr whale 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of rorqual1

C19: from French, from Norwegian rörhval , from Old Norse reytharhvalr , from reythr (from rauthr red) + hvalr whale
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Example Sentences

Based on what she has observed in dissections of rorquals, Reidenberg says, the rigid and floppy cartilage flaps at the top of the larynx wouldn’t fit together to make a particularly good seal in whales.

Rorquals use a highly unusual strategy known as lunge feeding to capture krill, fish, and squid.

The only other rorqual to do so—the blue whale—raises the flukes slightly or not at all.

He came out to meet me upon the back of a mighty 'rorqual,' and a body-guard of four hundred picked narwhals swam before him.

There is another kind of whale, called the lesser rorqual, which only grows to the length of about twenty-five or thirty feet.

The rorqual feeds partly upon the small creatures which it captures by means of its whalebone strainer, and partly upon fishes.

That of the extinct Halitherium recalls the pelvis of the Rorqual.

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