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.

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

  • n. type genus of the Balaenidae: Greenland whales


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