California gray whale

noun

Definition of California gray whale

: gray whale Something about the species has enabled the California gray whale, as the eastern Pacific animal is misleadingly called, to come back from the brink—even though many other whales aren't recovering.— Ted Williams, Audubon, November/December 1998

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First Known Use of California gray whale

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“California gray whale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/California%20gray%20whale. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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