minke whale

min·​ke whale | \ ˈmiŋ-kə- How to pronounce minke whale (audio) \
variants: or less commonly minke

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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Examples of minke whale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To gauge how thorough this baleen record is, Riekenberg and a team of scientists in the Netherlands recently examined baleen from five whales: three juvenile fin whales, one adult humpback whale and a minke whale of undetermined age. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2021 A few years earlier, in 2007, a young minke whale was spotted swimming near the mouth of the canal after a historic rainstorm. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 London residents were transfixed when a juvenile minke whale swam up the Thames last week and was injured on a lock. James Hookway, WSJ, 16 May 2021 Interspersed between our expeditions (and pivotal to the routine) was the captain’s gentle voice, cutting off conversations to share the sighting of a humpback whale waving its fluke or a minke whale coyly nudging up against the bow. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, 1 July 2020 The calls of minke whales, on the other hand, increased only marginally in the presence of loud noise. Katherine Kornei, Science | AAAS, 18 Feb. 2020 Whale-watching income far outweighs the income from hunting fin and minke whales. Joe Roman, The Conversation, 21 Jan. 2020 Over Labor Day weekend, another dead minke whale washed up in Duxbury. USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2019 The International Union for Conservation of Nature, which sets the conservation status of species, doesn’t judge minke whales to be at risk. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, 15 Mar. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of minke whale

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Minke whale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minke%20whale. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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