from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of furrowed whalebone-whales, the humpbacks, belonging to the family Balænopteridæ, and typical of the subfamily Megapterinæ, established by J. E. Gray in 1846.

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  • n. humpback whales


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  • I began working with Roger Payne in 1969, in Bermuda, when he and colleague Scott McVay concluded that the sounds made by humpbacks - megaptera novaeangliae - are actually songs.

    Songs of the Humpback Whale


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