Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic suborder within the order Cetacea — the toothed whales.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The toothed whales or odontocete cetaceans, a suborder of Cete.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. toothed whales: dolphins; porpoises; sperm whales; beaked whales

Etymologies

Ancient Greek ὀδούς (odous, "tooth") + κῆτος (kētos, "sea monster") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The dolphins and porpoises are also classified in the scientific suborder, Odontoceti, which are the toothed whales.

    Dolphins and Porpoises

  • Fossil whales of the suborders Mysticeti and Odontoceti are known in abundance from Miocene and Pliocene sites like the 12-15 million-year-old Shark-Tooth Hill in the Temblor Formation of California and the 5-6 million-year-old Cerro Blanco in the Pisco Formation of Peru but the whales from these sites are essentially modern.

    Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley), Egypt

  • Three of the whales are Basilosaurids, the latest surviving group of archaeocete whales which are the earliest, now extinct, sub-order of whales, ancestors of the modern Mysticeti and Odontoceti whale families.

    Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley), Egypt

  • ACUERDO por el que se establece como área de refugio para proteger a las especies de grandes ballenas de los subórdenes Mysticeti y Odontoceti, las zonas marinas que forman parte del territorio nacional y aquellas sobre las que la nación ejerce su soberanía y jurisdicción.

    Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4)~ Chapter 6

  • The White-beaked Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus albirostris) is a marine mammal belonging to the family Delphinidae (dolphins) in the suborder of the Odontoceti, or toothed whales.

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  • Dolphins (Greek: δελφίς, delphís, "dolphin") are a number of kinds of Cetaceans related to the toothed whales of the suborder Odontoceti, and are found throughout the world's oceans and several major river systems.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Whales are mammals and not a fish, classified under Cetaceans; split in two groups depending on whether they have teeth or not viz. Odontoceti and Mysticeti.

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  • Generalized Eocene protocetid and basilosaurid Archaeoceti such as Maiacetus and Dorudon were on or near the main line of early whale evolution leading to later Mysticeti and Odontoceti, which appeared at the end of the Eocene or beginning of the Oligocene.

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  • Archaeoceti are basal cetaceans that document the evolutionary transition of whales from land to sea during the Eocene before the appearance of modern Mysticeti and Odontoceti

    PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles

  • The tail-powered swimming of modern baleen (Mysticeti) and toothed (Odontoceti) whales evolved from the hip wiggling style of the ancient whale Georgiacetus.

    Scientific Blogging

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