from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. type genus of the Balaenidae: Greenland whales.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of whalebone whales, of the family Balænidæ, having the cervical vertebræ ankylosed, the fore limbs pentadactyl, the head enormous, with long black elastic baleen, the throat without furrows, and no dorsal fin. It contains the Greenland or arctic whale, B. mysticetus, and several other species found in all seas. See cuts under ankylosis and Balænidæ.
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- n. type genus of the Balaenidae: Greenland whales
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After the brief, friendly chat that we had, coffee was passed around, the probabilities of the _Liberdade's_ voyage discussed, and the crew cautioned against the dangers of the _balaena_ (whale), which were numerous along the coast, and vicious at that season of the year, having their young to protect.
Few extinct species of balaena are known to belong to the miocene period besides the orycterocetus of Leidy.
Page 204 being simple, are all referred to the genus balaena.
As we happened to be only sixty yards from one of these animals, we perceived a number of longitudinal furrows, or wrinkles, on its belly, from whence we concluded it was the species by Linnaeus named _balaena boops_.
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26 [Ear bone of whale] The first of the bones (Fig. 26) which I propose to describe is the largest, and resembles in form the same bone belonging to the right whale, (the balaena mysticetus.) In this specimen the thick involuted part is thickest at its extreme posterior end, and gradually diminishes to within three fourths of an inch of the flatish, expanded or eustachian part of the tube.