a whalebone whale, Balaena mysticetus, of northern seas, having an enormous head and mouth: an endangered species. See illus. under whale.
Also called Greenland whale.

1885–90; bow2 + head Unabridged
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bowhead (ˈbəʊˌhɛd)
a large-mouthed arctic whale, Balaena mysticetus, that has become rare through overfishing but is now a protected species

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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.
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