from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grey cetacean of the Dolphin family, of several species, as Delphinus Tursio and Lagenorhyncus leucopleurus, of Europe.
  • n. The puffin.
  • n. a north Atlantic beaked whale with a bulbous forehead.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of several species of cetaceans having bottle-shaped noses.
  • n. In medicine, an eruption of small, red, suppurating tubercles on the nose, such as is produced by intemperate drinking.
  • n. A name at St. Andrews, Scotland, of the sea-stickleback
  • n. A name for the puffin, Fratercula arctica, from its large red-and-blue beak. See bottle-nosed.
  • n. A name of the sea-elephant or elephant-seal, Macrorhinus leoninus, and others of the same genus.

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

  • n. any of several dolphins with rounded forehead and well-developed beak; chiefly of northern Atlantic and Mediterranean
  • n. northern Atlantic beaked whale with a bulbous forehead


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  • Cute 'n' cuddly (and how many sea creatures do you know get to claim those adjectives?), the titular bottle-nose dolphin of the classic sixties TV show was a real Up with People kinda mammal.

    Dan Persons: Mighty Movie Podcast: Flipper Agonists: Louie Psihoyos on The Cove

  • Irish scientists believe that a group of bottle-nose dolphins that live in a river estuary in the southwest of the country have developed their own dialect to communicate with each other: As part of a research project, student Ronan Hickey digitised and analysed a total of 1,882 whistles from the Irish dolphins and those from Cardigan Bay in Wales on a computer and separated them into six fundamental whistle types and 32 different categories.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • Nearly all visitors (100,000 per year) come to see a group of wild bottle-nose dolphins which has been coming regularly to feed and interact with people at Monkey Mia beach for more than 30 years.

    Shark Bay, Australia

  • TUCHMAN: But the future didn't always appear so bright for these bottle-nose dolphins.

    CNN Transcript Jan 20, 2006

  • And it's a whale of a time to be in London, where a lost and possibly sick bottle-nose whale is causing a stir.

    CNN Transcript Jan 21, 2006

  • Remember last week we showed you these pictures of the bottle-nose whale in the shadow, at one point, of Big Ben.

    CNN Transcript Jan 25, 2006

  • TUCHMAN: ... we see the six female and two male bottle-nose dolphins, that only know how to survive in captivity, not being used to the wild.

    CNN Transcript Sep 15, 2005

  • A rival personage to this little fairy queen is a portly old fellow with a bottle-nose, who goes about in a rusty garb with

    The Alhambra

  • One of them lifted its bottle-nose clear of the surface and squeaked a reply.

    The Day of the Dissonance

  • Porpus, Skaite, flounder, Salmon, red charr, two speceis of Salmon trout, mountain or speckled trout, and a speceis similar to one of those noticed on the Missouri within the mountains, called in the Eastern states, bottle-nose.

    Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806


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