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

Examples of toothed whale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spinner dolphins inhabit tropical waters around the globe and are a member of the toothed whale family. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 9 July 2020 Large toothed whales, such as sperm whales, feed on large prey occasionally including the fabled giant squid. Jeremy Goldbogen, The Conversation, 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, 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, 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, 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, 1 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of toothed whale

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Toothed whale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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