bottle-nosed dolphin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Any of several marine mammals of the genus Tursiops, especially T. truncatus, widely distributed in temperate and tropical waters and characterized by a short protruding beak, a large stocky body, and a prominent falcate dorsal fin. Also called bottlenose.
Variant of bottlenose
- any of a genus (Tursiops) of marine dolphins with a bottle-shaped snout: an easily trained species (T. truncatus) is used in aquarium shows and scientific studyalso called bottle-nosed dolphin
- any of a genus (Hyperoodon, family Ziphiidae) of toothed whales having a similar beaklike snoutalso called bottle-nosed whale