baleen whale


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1870–75

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baleen whale
 
n
another name for whalebone whale

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baleen whale  
Any of several usually large whales of the suborder Mysticeti, having a symmetrical skull with two blowholes and plates of baleen instead of teeth. Baleen whales include the humpback, blue, fin, minke, and right whales, and the rorquals. Compare toothed whale.
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Example sentences
Scientists identified the new species as a baleen whale from distinctive skull
  features.
The right whale is a baleen whale, meaning it has not teeth, but uses baleen
  plates to strain its prey.
Most baleen whale species remain severely depleted because of this commercial
  whaling.
The humpback whale is an endangered migratory baleen whale that occurs in all
  ocean basins of the world.
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