Definition of blowhole
1 : a hole in metal caused by a bubble of gas captured during solidification
2 : a nostril in the top of the head of a cetacean and especially a whale
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And just a few weeks ago in Australia, an octopus clung to a dolphin’s back, dangerously close to its blowhole.
In a new study last week of the West's southern resident killer whales, scientists captured infectious agents not typically associated with whales in exhalations from the animals' blowholes.
What made this encounter unique, though, is that as the whale blew water from its blowhole, a rainbow appeared.
When Anthony Parnell, a teen from Las Vegas, drowned after falling into a blowhole in rocks at Thousand Steps beach in Laguna in February 2015, Daffron was there to help his family negotiate days of uncertainty.
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Definition of blowhole for English Language Learners
: a hole that is on the top of a whale or related animal's head and is used by the animal for breathing
: a hole in the ice to which seals and other animals that are living in the water under the ice come to breathe
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