humpback whale

noun

Definition of humpback whale

: a large baleen whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) that is black above and white below and has very long flippers, and fleshy tubercles along the snout

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The humpback whale was struck by a ship and killed recently, according to authorities. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Whale killed by ship near Neah Bay now a harvest celebration as Makah Nation prepares feast," 24 Aug. 2018 Coming in 2020: a field station for the study of the humpback whales that migrate here each summer; guests will be able to geek out and partake in research. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Doyle believes the humpback whales have conditional probabilities in their language. Brian Resnick, Vox, "What humpback whales can teach us about alien languages," 6 Dec. 2018 The incredible video as shot from a tour ship after the three humpback whales spent some time near the boat, lolling around. Fox News, "Kavanaugh to speak to Senate Judiciary Committee staffers," 18 Sep. 2018 Hunted almost to extinction, humpback whales have now made a triumphant return. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 Tongan hospitality is world renowned; your islands are stunningly beautiful offering tourists rugged coastlines, humpback whales and coral reefs. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Honored Her Friend Queen Salote, Tonga's 6-Foot Queen Who Reigned for 48 Years," 25 Oct. 2018 By Carrie Arnold PUBLISHED April 3, 2018 In the never-ending symphony of the sea, there's a standout among the percussive pings of bottlenose dolphins and the plaintive calls of humpback whales. National Geographic, "These Mysterious Whales Are the Jazz Musicians Of the Sea," 3 Apr. 2018 The book opens in Antarctica with the tagging of a humpback whale. Karin Altenberg, WSJ, "What to Give: Nature Books," 15 Nov. 2018

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1726, in the meaning defined above

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humpback whale

noun

English Language Learners Definition of humpback whale

: a type of large whale that has a curved back and very long flippers

humpback whale

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Kids Definition of humpback whale

: a large whale that is black above and white below and has very long flippers

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