minke whale

minke

[ming-kee]
noun
a dark-colored baleen whale, Baleanoptera acutorostrata, inhabiting temperate and polar seas and growing to a length of 33 feet (10 meters): reduced in numbers.
Also called minke whale, lesser rorqual.


Origin:
1930–35; < Norwegian minkehval, allegedly after a crew member of the Norwegian whaling pioneer Svend Foyn (1809–94), named Meincke, who mistook a pod of minkes for blue whales

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minke whale (ˈmɪŋkə)
 
n
Also called: minke a type of small whalebone whale or rorqual, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, up to 10 metres long
 
[C20: probably from Norwegian minkehval, from minke lesser + hval whale]

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