Definition of Cetacea in English:

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Cetacea

Pronunciation: /siˈtāSH(ē)ə/
Zoology
An order of marine mammals that comprises the whales, dolphins, and porpoises. These have a streamlined hairless body, no hind limbs, a horizontal tail fin, and a blowhole on top of the head for breathing. See also Mysticeti, Odontoceti.
Example sentences
  • The order Sirenia is composed of manatees and dugongs, and the order Cetacea includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
  • However, in a phylogenetic analysis of the complete mitochondrial genome of the Jamaican fruit bat it appeared more closely related to cetferungulates, a clade including Cetacea, Artiodactyla, Perissodactyla, and Carnivora.
  • The order Cetacea comprises two extant sub-orders and one extinct sub-order.

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Latin cetus, from Greek kētos 'whale'.

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Syllabification: Ce·ta·cea

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