Bryde's whale


Bry·​de's whale ˈbrü-dəz- How to pronounce Bryde's whale (audio)
: a slender baleen whale (Balaenoptera edeni synonym B. brydei) of warm seas of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans that is dark gray above and white below and has three parallel ridges that run from the snout to the blowholes
Bryde's whales—leviathans more than 40 feet long—surface, then roll languidly back underwater, flashing their white bellies, circling back over and over.Melissa Gaskill, Nature Conservancy, Summer 2003

Note: The Bryde's whale is sometimes considered to comprise two separate species (B. edeni and B. brydei) with pygmy forms placed in a third species (B. omurai).

Word History


after Johan Bryde †1925 Norwegian shipowner and whaler

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bryde's whale was in 1913

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“Bryde's whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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