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sei whale

[ sey-hweyl, weyl ]
/ ˈseɪ ˌʰweɪl, ˌweɪl /
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noun

a rorqual, Balaenoptera borealis, inhabiting all seas: now greatly reduced in number.

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Also called sei .

Origin of sei whale

First recorded in 1915–20; from Norwegian seihval, equivalent to sei (Old Norse seithr ) “coalfish” + hval “whale”; see origin at whale1
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sei whale
/ (seɪ) /

noun

a rorqual, Balaenoptera borealis

Word Origin for sei whale

C20: from Norwegian seihval, from sei coalfish (see saithe) + hval whale: so called because it follows coalfish in search of food
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