- any whale of the suborder Odontoceti, having conical teeth in one or both jaws and feeding on fish, squid, etc.
Compare whalebone whale.
Origin of toothed whale
First recorded in 1835–45
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- 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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- 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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