pygmy sperm whale

noun

Definition of pygmy sperm whale

: a toothed whale (Kogia breviceps) of tropical and temperate waters of the northern and southern hemispheres that is bluish-gray to black above with lighter underparts, has a crescent-shaped light marking between the eye and flipper, and may reach up to 12.5 feet (3.7 meters) in length but is typically shorter

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First Known Use of pygmy sperm whale

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Pygmy sperm whale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pygmy%20sperm%20whale. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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