pygmy right whale


Definition of pygmy right whale

: a small, uncommon baleen whale (Caperea marginata) of chiefly temperate waters of the southern hemisphere

Note: While closely related to the right whales, the pygmy right whale is classified in its own family (Neobalaenidae).

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First Known Use of pygmy right whale

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Pygmy right whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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