American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See whalebone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A whale.
- n. The sea-bream.
- n. Whalebone in its natural state: a name given by whale-fishers.
- n. physiology, uncountable The plates in the mouth of the baleen whale, Mysticeti, which it uses to trap its food; formerly used in corsetry
- n. zoology, countable a baleen whale
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl. & Com.) Plates or blades of “whalebone,” from two to twelve feet long, and sometimes a foot wide, which in certain whales (
Balænoidea) are attached side by side along the upper jaw, and form a fringelike sieve by which the food is retained in the mouth.
- n. a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets
- From Old French baleine ("whale, whalebone"), from Latin balaena ("whale"), from Ancient Greek φάλαινα ("whale"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English balene, from Old French baleine, from Latin balaena, whale, from Greek phalaina; see bhel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The fact that the krill are strained out of the water by the baleen is a matter of processing - it comes after the whale has taken a bite.”
“We do know that its baleen is particularly fine, allowing it to filter the comparatively small copepods [adjacent photo, also from the Right Whale Aerial Surveys site, shows a feeding sei.”
“The baleen is a horny material on the upper jaws of some whales.”
“Many modern whale species use hair-like structures called baleen to filter tiny prey such as krill from seawater.”
“I need to use the word "baleen" in a sentence today.”
“The strange 52 hertz deep sea noise is not only from a whale, but, based on the noise's characteristics, is most definitely from a kind of baleen whale, says”
“They can only subsist on such small morsels because they eat vast quantities at a time, thanks to the "baleen" plates (pictured) they have instead of teeth.”
“baleen" or "whalebone" -- each plank being as much as eight or in rare cases twelve feet long.”
“baleen," fringed plates made of keratin - the same protein that forms our hair and fingernails.”
“Several species of baleen whales, among them the fin and humpback whales Balaenoptera physalus (EN) and Megaptera novaeangliae (VU), and toothed whales, including sperm Physeter catodon (VU), pilot and killer whales are regularly seen.”
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