Ba·​lae·​na | \ bəˈlēnə \

Definition of Balaena

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

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First Known Use of Balaena

1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Balaena

New Latin, from Latin, whale, modification of Greek phalaina, phallaina; akin to Greek phallos penis

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“Balaena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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