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pilot whale

Syllabification: pi·lot whale

Definition of pilot whale in English:

noun

A toothed whale that has black skin with a gray anchor-shaped marking on the chin, a low dorsal fin, and a square bulbous head. Also called blackfish.
Example sentences
  • Length seems to be of biological importance for the common dolphin, the pilot whale, and the harbor porpoise.
  • In June, along the shoreline of Mauritania, in northwest Africa, scientists made a gruesome discovery: the carcasses of 230 dolphins, a pilot whale, and 15 endangered hawksbill and leatherback sea turtles.
  • Despite their names, some of these are really types of dolphin, as is the short-finned pilot whale.

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