Definition of Odontoceti in English:


Syllabification: O·don·to·ce·ti
Pronunciation: /ōˌdäntəˈsētē
  • The taxonomic division that comprises the toothed whales.
    • Suborder Odontoceti, order Cetacea
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    • The extant sub-orders are the Mysticeti (baleen whales) and the Odontoceti (toothed whales).
    • Modern whales may be divided into two subgroups: the Odontoceti (toothed whales) and the Mysticeti (baleen whales).
    • In the Late Oligocene, a fundamental split occurred between the Odontoceti and the Mysticeti.



Pronunciation: /ōˈdän(t)əˌsēt/
noun & adjective
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  • Within odontocete cetaceans, variation in body design affects stability and turning performance.
  • Both the mysticetes and odontocetes are thought to be descendants of the archaeocetes.
  • Dolphins and porpoises are examples of odontocetes, as are belugas, narwhals, killer whales, sperm whales, and beaked whales.


modern Latin (plural), from Greek odous, odont- 'tooth' + ceti 'of a whale' (genitive of cetus, from Greek kētos 'whale').

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