minke whale

noun min·ke whale \ˈmiŋ-kə-\
variants: or less commonly


Definition of minke whale

  1. :  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 whaleb :  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

First Known Use: 1939

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