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Meaning of RORQUAL

Pronunciation:  'rorkwul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[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
 
 Definition: 
\Ror"qual\, n. [Norw. rorqualus a whale with folds.]
(Zo["o]l.)
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.

 

 

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