[ sey ]
/ seɪ /
a rorqual, Balaenoptera borealis, inhabiting all seas: now greatly reduced in number.
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Origin of sei whale
1915–20; < Norwegian seihval, equivalent to sei (Old Norse seithr) coalfish + hval whale1
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British Dictionary definitions for sei whale
/ (seɪ) /
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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