whalebone whale

Definitions of whalebone whale
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n whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water

Synonyms:
baleen whale
Types:
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right whale
large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil
Balaena mysticetus, Greenland whale, bowhead, bowhead whale
large-mouthed Arctic whale
razorback, rorqual
any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin
Balaenoptera musculus, blue whale, sulfur bottom
largest mammal ever known; bluish-grey migratory whalebone whale mostly of southern hemisphere
Megaptera novaeangliae, humpback, humpback whale
large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives
Eschrichtius gibbosus, Eschrichtius robustus, devilfish, gray whale, grey whale
medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
Balaenoptera physalus, common rorqual, fin whale, finback, finback whale
large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along the throat; of Atlantic and Pacific
Balaenoptera borealis, sei whale
similar to but smaller than the finback whale
Balaenoptera acutorostrata, lesser rorqual, minke whale, piked whale
small finback of coastal waters of Atlantic and Pacific
Type of:
whale
any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head

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