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Meaning of BALEEN

Pronunciation:  bu'leen

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets
 

BALEEN is a 6 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: whalebone
 
 See Also: horn

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Ba*leen"\, n. [F. baleine whale and whalibone, L.
balaena a whale; cf. Gr. ?. ] (Zo["o]l. & Com.)
Plates or blades of ``whalebone,'' from two to twelve feet
long, and sometimes a foot wide, which in certain whales
({Bal[ae]noidea}) are attached side by side along the upper
jaw, and form a fringelike sieve by which the food is
retained in the mouth.

 

 

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