plural noun Bal·ae·nop·tera \-ˈnäptərə\

Definition of Balaenoptera

  1. :  a genus (the type of the family Balaenopteridae) of whalebone whales that comprises the rorquals

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Origin and Etymology of balaenoptera

New Latin, from balaeno- (from Latin balaena whale) + -ptera

First Known Use: 1840

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