Definition of Balaenoptera
: 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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