rorqual

noun
ror·qual | \ˈrȯr-kwəl, -ˌkwȯl\

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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Instead, the species, all part of a group called rorquals, have evolved more into a network, sharing large segments of DNA with even distant cousins. Author: Karen Weintraub, Anchorage Daily News, "Baleen whales intermingled as they evolved, and share DNA with distant cousins," 7 Apr. 2018 Instead, the species, all part of a group called rorquals, have evolved more into a network, sharing large segments of DNA with even distant cousins. Author: Karen Weintraub, Anchorage Daily News, "Baleen whales intermingled as they evolved, and share DNA with distant cousins," 7 Apr. 2018 Instead, the species, all part of a group called rorquals, have evolved more into a network, sharing large segments of DNA with even distant cousins. Author: Karen Weintraub, Anchorage Daily News, "Baleen whales intermingled as they evolved, and share DNA with distant cousins," 7 Apr. 2018 Instead, the species, all part of a group called rorquals, have evolved more into a network, sharing large segments of DNA with even distant cousins. Author: Karen Weintraub, Anchorage Daily News, "Baleen whales intermingled as they evolved, and share DNA with distant cousins," 7 Apr. 2018 Instead, the species, all part of a group called rorquals, have evolved more into a network, sharing large segments of DNA with even distant cousins. Author: Karen Weintraub, Anchorage Daily News, "Baleen whales intermingled as they evolved, and share DNA with distant cousins," 7 Apr. 2018 Instead, the species, all part of a group called rorquals, have evolved more into a network, sharing large segments of DNA with even distant cousins. Author: Karen Weintraub, Anchorage Daily News, "Baleen whales intermingled as they evolved, and share DNA with distant cousins," 7 Apr. 2018 Others called rorquals, such as humpbacks and blue whales, use gulp-feeding, taking in vast mouthfuls of water and krill and then squeezing the water out. National Geographic, "Prehistoric Toothless Whale Among Oldest of Its Kind," 19 Apr. 2018 Instead, the species, all part of a group called rorquals, have evolved more into a network, sharing large segments of DNA with even distant cousins. Author: Karen Weintraub, Anchorage Daily News, "Baleen whales intermingled as they evolved, and share DNA with distant cousins," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rorqual

1824, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rorqual

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

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