Origin of cetacean; from Modern Latin ; from Classical Latin cetus, large sea animal, whale ; from Classical Greek k?tos + -ace(a) + -an
Origin of cetaceanFrom New Latin C&emacron;tacea, order name, from Latin c&emacron;tus, whale; see Cetus.
- ce·ta′cean, ce·ta′ceous
(comparative more cetacean, superlative most cetacean)
- Pertaining to the zoologic order Cetacea, or associated with species falling under that taxonomic hierarchy.
- The poached blubber was definitely cetacean in origin, but the particular species could not be identified.
- More generally, relating to large aquatic mammals, either directly or by analogy.
- The obese woman, ungainly on land, moved with a kind of cetacean grace in the water.