toothed whale

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toothed whale

noun \ˈtütht-, ˈtü-thəd-\

Definition of TOOTHED WHALE

:  any of a suborder (Odontoceti) of cetaceans (as a dolphin, porpoise, or killer whale) bearing usually numerous simple conical teeth — compare baleen whale

First Known Use of TOOTHED WHALE

1843

toothed whale

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Common term for members of the cetacean suborder Odontoceti. Toothed whales have slicing teeth and a throat large enough to swallow chunks of giant squid, cuttlefish, and fish of all kinds. Included in this group are the beluga, killer whale, pilot whales, sperm whale, and mammalian dolphins, porpoises, and narwhals.

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