from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A very large whalebone whale (Balaenoptera musculus) having a bluish-gray back, yellow underparts, and several ventral throat grooves. It is considered the largest living animal, sometimes reaching a length of 30.5 meters (100 feet). Also called sulphur-bottom.
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- n. A whale (Balaenoptera musculus), blue in color and the largest known living animal.
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- n. largest mammal ever known; bluish-grey migratory whalebone whale mostly of southern hemisphere
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An unexpected beat on a snare drum made a French horn splutter out a belching sound, and in the back of the band something big emitted a snort, one that made Lisa think of a blue whale that had just surfaced after a week underwater.