whalebone whale


whalebone whale
any whale of the suborder Mysticeti, having plates of whalebone on the sides of the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water. Also called baleen whale. Cf. toothed whale.
[1715-25]

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  • whalebone whale — noun Date: 1725 baleen whale …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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