baleen


baleen
/beuh leen"/, n.
whalebone (def. 1).
[1275-1325; ME balene ( < AF baleine, beleine) < L bal(l)ena, var. of bal(l)aena whale < an unidentified language, also the source of Gk phál(l)aina whale; r. ME balayn < MF balaine whale(bone) < L, as above]

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Universalium. 2010.

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