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bowhead

[boh-hed] /ˈboʊˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a whalebone whale, Balaena mysticetus, of northern seas, having an enormous head and mouth: an endangered species.
Also called Greenland whale.
Origin of bowhead
1885-1890
1885-90; bow2 + head
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  • McGuffey was willing so they left the bulkhead for the more convivial shelter of the bowhead saloon.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • We have seen them, a pack of hungry sea-wolves, surround a bowhead whale!

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • Among other memories, 'There was a quaint old shop at the bowhead which used to interest me very much.

  • From the bowhead the sound comes like the drawn-out "hoo-hoo-oo-oo-oo" of the hoot-owl.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • The bowhead whale has within recent years chosen for his summer habitat the pleasant waters off Arctic Canada.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • Two years later the Narwhal took out fifteen whales, the Jeanette and bowhead each four.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • A great bulk wallowed just before him, the helpless body of the bowhead whale, the killers darting in a mad mêlée for its head.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • The whaler drawn by oily lure followed the bowhead east and north from Bering Sea.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • The bowhead that we have come up to the Arctic to see feeds on the smallest infusoria.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • Somewhat crestfallen, the striking pair repaired to the bowhead saloon to discuss the situation over a glass of beer.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for bowhead

bowhead

/ˈbəʊˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a large-mouthed arctic whale, Balaena mysticetus, that has become rare through overfishing but is now a protected species
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