rorqual

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noun ror·qual \ˈrȯr-kwəl, -ˌkwȯl\

Definition of rorqual

  1. :  any of a family (Balaenopteridae) of large baleen whales (as a blue whale or humpback whale) having the skin of the throat marked with deep longitudinal furrows

Origin and Etymology of rorqual

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


First Known Use: 1827


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