bottlenose dolphin

noun bot·tle·nose dolphin \ ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌnōz- \
variants: or less commonly bottle-nosed dolphin play \ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌnōzd-\ or bottlenose

Definition of bottlenose dolphin

:a relatively small chiefly gray toothed whale (Tursiops truncatus) of temperate to tropical waters that has a prominent beak and falcate dorsal fin, reaches a length of 6 to 12 feet (1.8 to 3.6 meters), and is typically found in groups; also :a related whale (T. aduncus) of waters of the Indian Ocean and western Pacific Ocean

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First Known Use of bottlenose dolphin

1826


BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN Defined for English Language Learners

bottlenose dolphin

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Definition of bottlenose dolphin for English Language Learners

  • : a small gray whale that has a long nose


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