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[boh-hed] /ˈboʊˌhɛd/
a whalebone whale, Balaena mysticetus, of northern seas, having an enormous head and mouth: an endangered species.
Also called Greenland whale.
Origin of bowhead
1885-90; bow2 + head Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is a summering area for bowhead, beluga and narwhal whales.
  • The icy waters around the island are home to seals, walruses, beluga and bowhead whales and spiral-tusked narwhals.
  • The whaling commission will review the increase in minke and bowhead hunting at next year's meeting.
  • The villagers fear that drilling operations will disrupt the seasonal migrations of bowhead whales during the summer.
  • bowhead whales migrate seasonally within these waters, between summer feeding areas and wintering areas.
  • bowhead whales feed almost exclusively on zooplankton.
  • bowhead whale stocks were severely depleted by commercial whaling in previous centuries.
  • bowhead whales and walruses are the marine mammal species primarily harvested during the time of the proposed seismic surveys.
  • The bowhead whale is an individual species, separate from the other right whales.
  • The status of the other bowhead populations is less well known.
British Dictionary definitions for bowhead


a large-mouthed arctic whale, Balaena mysticetus, that has become rare through overfishing but is now a protected species
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