toothed whale

\ ˈtütht- How to pronounce toothed whale (audio) , ˈtü-thəd- \

Definition of toothed whale

: any of a suborder (Odontoceti) of cetaceans (such as a dolphin, porpoise, or killer whale) bearing usually numerous simple conical teeth — compare baleen whale

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Recent Examples on the Web The tusks of the strap-toothed whale grow up and across the snout, like a bone ribbon that ties the mouth nearly shut. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "Beaked Whales Are the Animals We Need Right Now," 30 Mar. 2021 In the 1880s, the partial snout of the dolphin — a toothed whale in the group Odonoceti — was recovered during dredging of the Wando River in South Carolina. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "An extinct giant dolphin behaved like a killer whale, study finds," 9 July 2020 Large toothed whales, such as sperm whales, feed on large prey occasionally including the fabled giant squid. Jeremy Goldbogen, The Conversation, "Why are whales big, but not bigger?," 12 Dec. 2019 Since the beached animal is believed to be a rare saber-toothed whale, the incident is all the more thrilling. Rebecca Deczynski, Woman's Day, "Rare Saber-Toothed Whale Beached on Southern California Coast," 18 Oct. 2013 Large marine mammals — such as toothed whales and seals — had not yet evolved so the only potential predators probably were sharks, Mayr said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Big bird: Fossil of giant penguin discovered in New Zealand," 12 Dec. 2017 People gathered at a dozen stations along the Turnagain and Knik arms to try to catch a glimpse of the white, medium-sized, toothed whales. Alaska Dispatch News, "Watching for whales during the Cook Inlet beluga count," 10 Sep. 2017 The feeding structure evolved stepwise some 30 million years ago when the oceans were full of toothed whales competing for limited food. Jennifer S. Holland, Smithsonian, "A Whale’s Baleen Bristles Reveal the Story of Its Life," 1 Sep. 2017 Seals, sea lions, and small toothed whales are known to be some of great white sharks' primary prey, but the study revealed scavenging may be a significant source of their diet. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Watch a Great White Shark Binge Eat a Whale Carcass," 3 May 2017

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1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Toothed whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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