sei-whale

sei whale

[sey]
noun
a rorqual, Balaenoptera borealis, inhabiting all seas: now greatly reduced in number.

Origin:
1915–20; < Norwegian seihval, equivalent to sei (Old Norse seithr) coalfish + hval whale1

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sei whale (seɪ)
 
n
a rorqual, Balaenoptera borealis
 
[C20: from Norwegian seihval, from sei coalfish (see saithe) + hval whale: so called because it follows coalfish in search of food]

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