rorqual

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noun ror·qual \ˈrȯr-kwəl, -ˌkwȯl\

Definition of rorqual

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of rorqual

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


First Known Use: 1824


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