plural noun

: a suborder of Cetacea consisting of the whalebone whales compare odontoceti

Word History


New Latin, plural of mysticetus Greenland whale, from Greek mystikētos, a whale (dubious reading in some early editions of Aristotle where some recent editions read ho mys to ketos and interpret as "the 'mouse'—that is, the whale so called")

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“Mysticeti.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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