Definition of rorqual in English:

rorqual

Syllabification: ror·qual
Pronunciation: /ˈrôrkwəl, -ˌkwôl
 
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noun

A baleen whale of streamlined appearance with pleated skin on the underside.
  • Family Balaenopteridae: two genera and six species, including the common rorqual (or fin whale)
More example sentences
  • Like rorquals, gray whales are migratory species.
  • Fairly secretive visitors among the larger rorquals are the fin whale and its slightly smaller cousin, the sei whale.
  • The research shows that rorquals, commonly referred to as Bryde's whales, actually represent three distinct species.

Origin

early 19th century: via French from Norwegian røyrkval, from Old Norse reythr, the specific name, + hvalr 'whale'.

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