sei whale

[ sey ]
/ seɪ /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. seguin,
  2. segura,
  3. segway,
  4. sehna knot,
  5. sei,
  6. seicento,
  7. seiche,
  8. seidel,
  9. seidlitz powder,
  10. seidlitz powders

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

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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