baleen whale

noun
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Definition of baleen whale

: any of a suborder (Mysticeti) of usually large whales typically of colder waters that lack teeth but have baleen plates in the upper jaw which are used to filter chiefly small crustaceans (such as krill) out of large quantities of seawater — see fin whale, gray whale, humpback whale, right whale, rorqual — compare toothed whale

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1874


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