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cetacean

noun ce·ta·cean \si-ˈtā-shən\

: a mammal (such as a whale, dolphin, or porpoise) that lives in the ocean

Full Definition of CETACEAN

:  any of an order (Cetacea) of aquatic mostly marine mammals that includes the whales, dolphins, porpoises, and related forms and that have a torpedo-shaped nearly hairless body, paddle-shaped forelimbs but no hind limbs, one or two nares opening externally at the top of the head, and a horizontally flattened tail used for locomotion
cetacean adjective
ce·ta·ceous \-shəs\ adjective

Origin of CETACEAN

ultimately from Latin cetus whale, from Greek kētos
First Known Use: 1835

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