right whale


right whale
noun
large Arctic whalebone whale; allegedly the `right' whale to hunt because of its valuable whalebone and oil
Hypernyms: ↑baleen whale, ↑whalebone whale
Member Holonyms: ↑Balaenidae, ↑family Balaenidae

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noun
: a large whalebone whale of the family Balaenidae having no dorsal fin, the baleen very long, the head enormous and about one third the total length, the throat unfurrowed, and the small eye situated near the angle of the mouth: as

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any of several large whalebone whales of the genus Balaena, of circumpolar seas: the species B. glacialis is greatly reduced in numbers.
[1715-25; allegedly so called because it was the "right" whale to hunt, alluding to its relative buoyancy when killed, proximity to land, the value of its blubber, etc.]

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right whale noun
A whale of the genus Balaena or Eubalaena, esp the Greenland whale
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right whale,
any one of several whales from which whalebone and oil are obtained. Right whales have very large heads, a bonnet on the snout, and about 350 long, toothlike whalebones on each side of the mouth to sieve food from the water which they gulp.

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n. a baleen whale with a large head and a deeply curved jaw, of Arctic and temperate waters. Family Balaenidae: two genera and three species, in particular Balaena glacialis, which has distinctive patches of callosities on the snout. See also bowhead

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right whale, -whaleman etc.,
see whale, etc.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Right whale — (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The bowhead, Arctic, or Greenland whale ({Bal[ae]na mysticetus}), from whose mouth the best whalebone is obtained. (b) Any other whale that produces valuable whalebone, as the Atlantic, or Biscay, right whale ({Bal[ae]na… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • right whale — ☆ right whale n. [reason for name uncert.] any of a family (Balaenidae) of large headed baleen whales lacking a dorsal fin and longitudinal wrinkles on the throat and chest …   English World dictionary

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  • right whale — any of several large whalebone whales of the genus Balaena, of circumpolar seas: the species B. glacialis is greatly reduced in numbers. [1715 25; allegedly so called because it was the right whale to hunt, alluding to its relative buoyancy when… …   Universalium

  • right whale — grenlandinis banginis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Balaena mysticetus angl. Arctic right whale; Arctic whale; bowhead; bow headed whale; common right whale; common whale; great polar whale;… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • right whale — paprastasis tikrasis banginis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Eubalaena glacialis angl. Atlantic right whale; Biscayan whale; black right whale; common whale; right whale vok. Biskayerwal; Nordkapez… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • right whale — noun The baleen whales belonging to the family Balaenidae, in the genera Eubalaena (three species) and Balaena (one species, the bowhead whale, also called the Greenland right whale) …   Wiktionary

  • right whale — noun a baleen whale with a large head and a deeply curved jaw, of Arctic and temperate waters. [Balaena glacialis and other species.] Origin C18: so named because it was regarded as the ‘right’ whale to hunt …   English new terms dictionary

  • right whale — /ˈraɪt weɪl/ (say ruyt wayl) noun any of various large toothless whales, family Balaenidae, including those hunted commercially. {considered by whalers to be the right whale to hunt because they float when dead and are easier to retrieve after… …   Australian English dictionary