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- n. Whale-like mammals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Formerly, the systematic name of animals of the whale kind in general, including the sirenians or herbivorous cetaceans and the cetaceans proper: same as Cetomorpha.
- Same as Cete, 1.
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- n. an order of Eutheria
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This made possible later encephalization which reached two pinnacles in primates and particularly, humans and cetacea.
Captain Nemo watched the troop of cetacea playing on the waters about a mile from the Nautilus.
Antarctic Pole serves as a place of refuge to the cetacea too closely tracked by the hunters.
But Captain Nemo watched the troop of cetacea, and, addressing me, said:
The only specimens of quadrupeds, birds, fish and cetacea were a few wild boars, stormy petrels, albatrosses, perch and seals.
Therefore they are so in dolphins and all the cetacea which have them, and in the oviparous quadrupeds among the scaly animals.
“Impenetrable veil covering our knowledge of the cetacea.”
If in a series of evolving generations the line of modification proceeding from a terrestrial animal like a cat to semi-aquatic and marine types substantially like an otter and a seal should be carried further, it will inevitably lead to forms possessing characters such as those displayed by whales and the related porpoises, dolphins, and narwhals of the order cetacea.
Of all the cetacea, that which approaches the nearest in form to man is undoubtedly the dugong, which, when its head and breast are raised above the water, and its pectoral fins, resembling hands, are visible, might easily be taken by superstitious seamen for a semi-human being.
In this way he seeks to explain the marvel with respect to the huge bulk of many of the tertiary mammalia -- the mammoth, mastadon, and megatherium; they were in immediate descent from the cetacea, or whale and dolphin tribe. (p. 267.)