Definition of baleen whale in English:

baleen whale

Line breaks: ba¦leen whale

noun

A whale that has plates of whalebone in the mouth for straining plankton from the water. Baleen whales include the rorqual, humpback, right whale, and grey whale. Also called whalebone whale.
  • Suborder Mysticeti, order Cetacea: three families and ten species
More example sentences
  • Its calls do not match those of any known species, although they are clearly those of a baleen whale, a group that includes blue, fin and humpback whales.
  • Its snouty head, patchy grey body and small pedal fins make the dwarf look more like a large dolphin than a baleen whale.
  • Only one meat sample from a baleen whale exceeded the allowable mercury concentration, the researchers report in the June 15 Environmental Science and Technology.

Definition of baleen whale in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day humoresque
Pronunciation: ˌhjuːməˈrɛsk
noun
a short, lively piece of music