blue whale

noun

Definition of blue whale

: a very large baleen whale (Balaenoptera musculus synonym Sibbaldus musculus) that may reach a weight of 150 tons (136 metric tons) and a length of 100 feet (30 meters) and is generally considered the largest living animal

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Examples of blue whale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Facing the harbor, the comprehensive Husavik Whale Museum exhibits many of the species that sailors may see, including an 82-foot-long blue whale skeleton. New York Times, 3 June 2022 About 130 metric tons of liquid helium—about the weight of a midsize blue whale—keep 36,000 metric tons of the collider under 4 kelvin. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, 27 Apr. 2022 The largest living organism on Earth is not the blue whale. Tom Shippey, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 This time, the orcas chose a smaller blue whale, perhaps a juvenile, roughly twice their length. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Feb. 2022 The blue whale’s skull was showing and its dorsal fin was missing. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Feb. 2022 There are only a few sounds in the Antarctic blue whale repertoire. The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Jan. 2022 Whatever the species, the blue whale dwarfed its attackers. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2021 That means its longer than a Boeing 737 aircraft and a blue whale. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of blue whale

1851, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2022

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“Blue whale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue%20whale. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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blue whale

noun

Kids Definition of blue whale

: a very large whale that is generally considered the largest living animal

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