North Atlantic right whale

variants: or less commonly northern Atlantic right whale

Definition of North Atlantic right whale

: a chiefly black right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) of temperate and subpolar waters of the Atlantic Ocean The North Atlantic right whale is an endangered species, reduced by decades of hunting to just 350 worldwide.— Michael Levenson, Boston Sunday Globe, 1 May 2005

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First Known Use of North Atlantic right whale

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“North Atlantic right whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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