strap-toothed whale


: a cowfish (Mesoplodon layardi) of southern seas having the front portion of the body gray and the hind portion black with yellow-tipped tail flukes

Word History


so called from the shape of the base of its mandibular tooth

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“Strap-toothed whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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