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rorqual

[rawr-kwuh l] /ˈrɔr kwəl/
noun
1.
any of several whales of the genus Balaenoptera; finback.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < French < Norwegian rørkval, Old Norse reytharhvalr, equivalent to reyth(a)r rorqual (akin to rauthr red1) + hvalr whale1
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Examples from the web for rorqual
  • Gulping behaviour in rorqual whales: underwater observations and functional interpretation.
  • These were easily identified due to their bumpy rostrum, rorqual streaks, blowhole placement and dorsal fin.
  • Reconstructing the rorqual phylogeny: with comments on the use of molecular and morphological data for systematic study.
  • The fin whale is the second largest rorqual in size and is also cosmopolitan in distribution.
British Dictionary definitions for rorqual

rorqual

/ˈrɔːkwəl/
noun
1.
any of several whalebone whales of the genus Balaenoptera, esp B. physalus: family Balaenopteridae. They have a dorsal fin and a series of grooves along the throat and chest Also called finback
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Norwegian rörhval, from Old Norse reytharhvalr, from reythr (from rauthr red) + hvalr whale
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