A picture of two dolphins showing their blowholes.
blowhole definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a nostril in the top of the head of whales and certain other cetaceans, through which they breathe
- a hole through which gas or air can escape, esp. in lava
- a hole in the ice to which seals, whales, etc. come to get air
- a vertical opening or chimney in the roof of a sea cave through which air and water are forced by the action of the waves and the rising tides
- a flaw in cast metal caused by an air or gas bubble
blowhole definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An opening or one of a pair of openings for breathing, located on the top of the head of cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins. The blowhole is opened by muscles upon surfacing and closed by the pressure of water upon diving.
- A hole in ice to which aquatic mammals, such as dolphins, come to breathe.
- A vent to permit the escape of air or other gas.