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Meaning of RORQUAL

Pronunciation:  'rorkwul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin

RORQUAL is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: razorback
 See Also: Balaenoptera acutorostrata, Balaenoptera borealis, Balaenoptera physalus, Balaenopteridae, baleen whale, common rorqual, family Balaenopteridae, fin whale, finback, finback whale, lesser rorqual, minke whale, piked whale, sei whale, whalebone whale



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ror"qual\, n. [Norw. rorqualus a whale with folds.]
A very large North Atlantic whalebone whale ({Physalus
antiquorum}, or {Bal[ae]noptera physalus}). It has a dorsal
fin, and strong longitudinal folds on the throat and belly.
Called also {razorback}.

Note: It is one of the largest of the whales, somethimes
      becoming nearly one hundred feet long, but it is more
      slender than the right whales, and is noted for its
      swiftness. The name is sometimes applied to other
      related species of finback whales.