minke whale

noun min·ke whale \ ˈmiŋ-kə- \
variants: or less commonly minke
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of minke whale

: a small gray to black baleen whale (genus Balaenoptera) with a whitish underside and a relatively narrow, pointed snout:
a : one (B. acutorostrata) chiefly of the northern hemisphere called also common minke whale, northern minke whale
b : one (B. bonaerensis) of the southern hemisphere that was formerly classified in the same species as the northern form called also Antarctic minke, southern minke whale; see rorqual

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Origin and Etymology of minke whale

partial translation of Norwegian minkehval, from minke- (perhaps from Meincke, a crewman of Svend Foyn †1894 Norwegian whaler) + hval whale


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