Definition of baleen whale in English:

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baleen whale

noun

A whale that has plates of whalebone in the mouth for straining plankton from the water. Baleen whales include the rorquals, humpback, right whales, and gray whale. Also called whalebone whale.
  • Suborder Mysticeti, order Cetacea: three families and ten species.
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.

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Syllabification: ba·leen whale

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