minke whalemin·ke whale
a small, swift rorqual whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) with a dark body and a light belly
Origin of minke whaleprobably ; from Meincke, surname of a crewman on a 19th-c. Norwegian whaling ship
Either of two small, dark gray baleen whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, which is found worldwide and has a white band on the flippers, or B. bonaerensis, which inhabits Antarctic waters.
Origin of minke whalePartial translation of Norwegian minkehval : minke (perhaps after Meincke, member of a 19th-century Norwegian whaling crew) + hval, whale.