toothed whale


ˈtütht- How to pronounce toothed whale (audio)
: any of a suborder (Odontoceti) of cetaceans (such as a dolphin, porpoise, or killer whale) bearing usually numerous simple conical teeth compare baleen whale

Examples of toothed whale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only six species of animals—humans and five species of toothed whales—are known to experience menopause. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 20 July 2023 Still, in the end, the massive sperm whale — the largest living member of the toothed whale genus — usually wins. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 3 July 2023 Sperm whales – the largest species of toothed whales – are considered endangered, according to NOAA Fisheries, with roughly 2,000 whales estimated to live off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. Li Cohen, CBS News, 13 June 2023 Their cousins the toothed whales—sperm whales, belugas, dolphins, and the like—use ultrasonic sonar signals to detect prey, but baleen whales don't have that ability. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 13 Mar. 2023 Connecticut Connecticut's state mammal is the sperm whale, the largest of the Earth's toothed whales. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2023 The sperm whale, a type of toothed whale, also makes a significant contribution of seven million metric tons. Jan Dönges, Scientific American, 8 Mar. 2023 Xenorophids are one of the earliest types of toothed whale, and by examining the fossilized ears of these animals the ancestral condition for all living odontocetes can be inferred. Jon Tennant, Discover Magazine, 12 Apr. 2016 Spinner dolphins inhabit tropical waters around the globe and are a member of the toothed whale family. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toothed whale was in 1843

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“Toothed whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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toothed whale

: any of a group of whales, dolphins, and porpoises with numerous sharp cone-shaped teeth compare baleen whale

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