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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Balaenopteridae — the rorqual whales.

Etymologies

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From Latin balaena ("whale") and Ancient Greek πτερόν (pteron, "wing"), a reference to the long wing-like side fins of certain whales.

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