Definition of right whale in English:

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right whale

Pronunciation: /ˈˌrīt ˈˌ(h)wāl/


A baleen whale with a large head and a deeply curved jaw, of Arctic and temperate waters.
  • Family Balaenidae: two genera and three species, in particular Balaena glacialis, which has distinctive patches of callosities on the snout. See also bowhead.
Example sentences
  • Bowheads, also known as Greenland right whales, are baleen whales, meaning that instead of teeth they have bonelike plates that they use to strain food from gulps of water.
  • They also show evidence that humans used harpoons, floats and lines to catch their prey, which included sperm whales, right whales and humpbacks.
  • Dusky dolphins, for example, are famous for spending large amounts of time with right whales and pilot whales, while bottlenose dolphins seem to enjoy the company of humpback whales.

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