any whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of whalebone on the sides of the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water.
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Also called baleen whale.
Compare toothed whale.
Origin of whalebone whale
First recorded in 1715–25
Words nearby whalebone whale
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British Dictionary definitions for whalebone whale
any whale belonging to the cetacean suborder Mysticeti, having a double blowhole and strips of whalebone between the jaws instead of teeth: includes the rorquals, right whales, and the blue whaleCompare toothed whale
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