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narwhal

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noun nar·whal \ˈnär-ˌwäl, -ˌhwäl, -wəl\

Definition of narwhal

  1. :  an arctic cetacean (Monodon monoceros) about 20 feet (6 meters) long with the male having a long twisted ivory tusk



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Variants of narwhal

also nar·whale play \-ˌwāl, -ˌhwāl\

Origin of narwhal

Norwegian & Dan narhval & Swedish narval, probably modification of Icelandic nárhvalur, from Old Norse nāhvalr, from nār corpse + hvalr whale; from its color


First Known Use: 1646


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