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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A whalebone whale (Eschrichtius robustus) of northern Pacific waters, having grayish-black coloring with white blotches. Also called devilfish.

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  • n. A baleen whale, Eschrichtius robustus, from the north Pacific

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a rather large and swift baleen whale of the northern Pacific (Eschrichtius robustus, formerly Rhachianectes glaucus), having short jaws and no dorsal fin; -- called also grayback, devilfish, and hardhead. It grows to a length of 50 feet (sometimes 60 feet). It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of California, and is now rare. It lives up to 50 or 60 years and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons.
  • adj. a rather large and swift whale of the northern Pacific (Eschrichtius robustus, formerly Rhachianectes glaucus), having short jaws and no dorsal fin. It grows to a length of 50 feet (someimes 60 feet). It was formerly taken in large numbers in the bays of California, and is now rare; -- called also grayback, devilfish, and hardhead. It lives up to 50 or 60 years and adults weigh from 20 to 40 tons.

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

  • n. medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific

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