noun Ba·lae·na \bəˈlēnə\

Definition of Balaena

  1. :  the genus consisting of the Greenland whale — compare right whale

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Origin and Etymology of balaena

New Latin, from Latin, whale, modification of Greek phalaina, phallaina; akin to Greek phallos penis — more at blow

First Known Use: 1834

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a brief usually trivial fact

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