Baird's beaked whale


: a beaked whale (Berardius bairdii) of cold, usually deep waters of the northern hemisphere that may reach a length of 35 to 40 feet (10.5 to 12 meters), has four teeth in the lower jaw, and is closely related to Arnoux's beaked whale

called also giant bottlenose whale, northern four-toothed whale

Word History


after Spencer F. Baird †1887 American zoologist

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Baird's beaked whale was in 1961

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“Baird's beaked whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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