baleen whale definition

  • noun:
    • any one of several often big whales of suborder Mysticeti, including the right whale and rorquals, having a symmetrical head, two blowholes, and whalebone plates in the place of teeth. Also called mysticete, whalebone whale.
    • any one of a number of huge whales, of suborder Mysticeti, which have plates of whalebone as opposed to teeth
    • whale with dishes of whalebone over the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water

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