gray whale

noun
a grayish-black whalebone whale, Eschrichtius robustus, of the North Pacific, growing to a length of 50 feet (15.2 meters): now rare.

Origin:
1855–60

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gray whale

a slender baleen whale having a profusion of external parasites that give it the appearance of a barnacle-encrusted rock

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