Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An Arctic whale (Monodon monoceros) having mottled gray or whitish skin and in the male, a long spirally twisted tusk projecting forward from the left side of the head.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cetacean, Monodon monoceros, of the family Delphinidræ and the subfamily Delphinapterinæ; the sea-unicorn, unicorn-whale, or unicorn-fish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) An arctic cetacean (Monodon monocerous), about twenty feet long. The male usually has one long, twisted, pointed canine tooth, or tusk, projecting forward from the upper jaw like a horn, whence it is called also sea unicorn, unicorn fish, and unicorn whale. Sometimes two horns are developed, side by side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An Arctic cetacean, about 20 feet (6 meters) long; the male has a single twisted pointed canine tooth or tusk projecting forward like a horn.

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

  • noun small Arctic whale the male having a long spiral ivory tusk

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Norwegian or Danish narhval, from Old Norse nāhvalr : nār, corpse (from its whitish color) + hvalr, whale.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Dutch narwal or Danish narhval, from Old Norse náhvalr, from nár ("corpse") + hvalr ("whale"). Compare Icelandic náhvalur.

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  • ken loves narwhals. i think they are some sort of mutant whale-unicorn breed designed to take over the world.

    January 30, 2007

  • Oh man they totally are whale-unicorns. Also they eat fairies. Did you know?

    April 21, 2007

  • OK, now have a look at this, and this, and this.

    August 27, 2008

  • Archie! You have to love that site.

    Well, you don't, really, but I do. :-)

    August 27, 2008

  • I'm having the freakiest deja vus lately. Didn't we have this very conversation somewhere, complete with links? I could have sworn it was on the narwhal page, but apparently not. *is freaked out, goes to check bacon*

    August 28, 2008

  • Sad about what happened to this poor creature's cousin, the nar-do-whal, in and out of prison, spawning little whals (whallets?) all over the ocean without providing any support… Eventually he developed a serious planktoning problem, but refused to get any help for it.

    August 28, 2008

  • By the way, I found those items on my coworker's desk today.

    August 28, 2008

  • Whallets? Really?!

    August 28, 2008

  • The narwhal revenge toys are great, I actually saw those at the store the other day...

    August 28, 2008

  • Rolig: Nar-do-whal is what I always think of when I hear this word! Haha!

    August 28, 2008