rorqual

noun ror·qual \ ˈrȯr-kwəl , -ˌkwȯl \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of rorqual

: any of a family (Balaenopteridae) of large baleen whales that have relatively small heads, short, broad plates of baleen, and the skin of the throat marked with deep longitudinal furrows and that include the blue whale, humpback whale, minke whale, fin whale, and sei whale

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Origin and Etymology of rorqual

French, from Norwegian rørhval, from Old Norse reytharhvalr, from reythr rorqual + hvalr whale


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