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narwhal

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

Definition of NARWHAL

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

Variants of NARWHAL

nar·whal also nar·whale \-ˌwāl, -ˌhwāl\
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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
NARWHALE Defined for Kids

narwhal

noun nar·whal \ˈnär-ˌhwäl, -ˌwäl\

Definition of NARWHAL for Kids

:  an arctic marine animal that is related to dolphins and whales and in the male has a long twisted ivory tusk

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