Definition of Risso's dolphin in English:

Risso's dolphin

Line breaks: Risso's dol|phin
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪsəʊz


  • A grey dolphin which has a rounded snout with no beak, and long black flippers, living mainly in temperate seas. Also called grampus.
    • Grampus griseus, family Delphinidae
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    • The area is home to bottlenose dolphins, Risso's dolphins and false killer whales, Ting said, adding, ‘sometimes rare sperm whales and humpback whales are also seen.’
    • Another large grey species, the Risso's dolphin, is seen occasionally off the Welsh coast and more commonly off Scotland.
    • And a Risso's dolphin, a stout-bodied species without a pronounced beak, is regularly sighted off the Welsh coast.


late 19th century: named after Giovanni A. Risso (1777–1845), Italian naturalist.

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