va·​qui·​ta | \ vä-ˈkē-tə How to pronounce vaquita (audio) \
plural vaquitas

Definition of vaquita

: a small, highly endangered porpoise (Phocoena sinus) of the Gulf of California having a dark ring around the eyes and reaching only four to five feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) in length The Mexican government is making a final effort to save the vaquita, a tiny porpoise that has been driven to the edge of extinction as a result of illegal fishing for another endangered species that is served as a delicacy in China.— Elisabeth Malkin

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Vaquita.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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