gray whale


gray whale
noun
medium-sized greyish-black whale of the northern Pacific
Hypernyms: ↑baleen whale, ↑whalebone whale
Member Holonyms: ↑Eschrichtius, ↑genus Eschrichtius

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noun
: a rather large whalebone whale (Rhachianectes glaucus) of the northern Pacific formerly much hunted though of fierce active disposition and difficult to capture

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a grayish-black whalebone whale, Eschrichtius robustus, of the North Pacific, growing to a length of 50 ft. (15.2 m): now rare.
[1855-60]

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gray whale,
a grayish-black baleen whale of medium size found off the Pacific Coast of North America.

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n. a mottled gray baleen whale that typically has heavy encrustations of barnacles on the skin, commonly seen in coastal waters of the northeastern Pacific. Eschrichtius robustus, the only member of the family Eschrichtiidae

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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