from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rorqual, especially Balaenoptera physalus of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, that attains a length of about 21 meters (70 feet). Also called fin whale.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large baleen whale, Balaenoptera physalus, that has a ridge on its back; the fin whale.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any whale of the genera Sibbaldius, Balænoptera, and allied genera, of the family Balænopteridæ, characterized by a prominent fin on the back. The common finbacks of the New England coast are Sibbaldius tectirostris and S. tuberosus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A finner or fin-whale.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along the throat; of Atlantic and Pacific
"What's the difference between a 'finback' and a 'humpback,' Hank?" asked the boy, after the canvas had been stowed, the vessel under auxiliary steam having speed enough to keep up with the cetaceans, "are they 'right' whales?"
a kind of finback, an 'is the largest animal livin'.
Just last month, a group of whale watchers got an unexpected treat when they witnessed a twirling finback whale.
The park is a great place to whale watch, especially between February and April, and several kinds of whale are frequently seen in these waters, including the blue, humpback, finback, pilot, and the occasional gray whale.
The more common marine mammals that can be observed from the park, albeit with a diminishing frequency in recent years include pilot whale Globicephala melaena, minke whale Balaenoptera autorostrata, finback whale B. physalus (V) and harbour seals Phoca vitulina.
Inspired by Pluvialis' post on the finback whale skeleton exhibited at Cambridge, I took this picture of a blue whale mounted in front of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
If you hate Denny soooo much, throw his opponenet, Progressive Democrat John Laesch a finback or a sawbuck.
Visitors can sign up for Shearwater Excursions, where minke, finback and humpback whales are on view, or visit the Whaling Museum on Broad Street, which features a restored 1847 candle factory.
Ishmael discussed Hairy Harry while the Tailorcraft wiggled through the last hundred miles to Jameson, in between showing his passenger such curiosities as a finback whale coming up to spout between dives, over seventy feet of smoothly shaped gray-blue creature calmly pursuing a majestic existence framed by whitecaps on green waves.
He frequently directed them to a fine school of black-fish, or bade them see whales, or man their canoes for the chase of the finback; he told them when to plant and gather in their corn, and foretold to them the approach of storms with an accuracy productive of the greatest advantages to them.
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