balaena definition

  • noun:
    • kind genus of the Balaenidae: Greenland whales.
    • the conventional genus of whalebone whales, associated with household Balænidæ, getting the cervical vertebræ ankylosed, the fore limbs pentadactyl, your head enormous, with long black elastic baleen, the throat without furrows, no dorsal fin. It contains the Greenland or arctic whale, B. mysticetus, and several various other types present in all seas. See cuts under ankylosis and Balænidæ.
    • type genus regarding the Balaenidae: Greenland whales

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