Share this entry

Share this page

narwhal

Line breaks: nar|whal
Pronunciation: /ˈnɑːw(ə)l
 
/

Definition of narwhal in English:

noun

A small Arctic whale, the male of which has a long forward-pointing spirally twisted tusk developed from one of its teeth.
  • Monodon monoceros, family Monodontidae
Example sentences
  • Dolphins and porpoises are examples of odontocetes, as are belugas, narwhals, killer whales, sperm whales, and beaked whales.
  • Polar bears are seagoing hunters that roam vast areas of the Arctic, pursuing a movable feast of seals, narwhals, beluga whales, and walruses.
  • For centuries observers have been fascinated and mystified by the majestic spiral tusk grown by the small Arctic whale known as the narwhal.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Dutch narwal, Danish narhval, based on Old Norse nár 'corpse', with reference to skin colour.

Words that rhyme with narwhal

intervalserval

Definition of narwhal in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…