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toothed whale

[ tootht-hweyl, weyl, toothd ]
/ ˈtuθt ˈʰweɪl, ˈweɪl, ˈtuðd /
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noun

any whale of the suborder Odontoceti, having conical teeth in one or both jaws and feeding on fish, squid, etc.

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Compare baleen whale.

Origin of toothed whale

First recorded in 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for toothed whale

toothed whale

noun

any whale belonging to the cetacean suborder Odontoceti, having a single blowhole and numerous simple teeth and feeding on fish, smaller mammals, molluscs, etc: includes dolphins and porpoisesCompare whalebone whale
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Scientific definitions for toothed whale

toothed whale
[ tōōtht, tōōðd ]

Any of various whales of the suborder Odontoceti, having an asymmetrical skull with one blowhole and numerous cone-shaped teeth. Toothed whales include the sperm, beluga, pilot, and beaked whales, and the narwhal, orca (killer whale), dolphins, and porpoises. Compare baleen whale.
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