any of a family (Balaenopteridae) of baleen whales with a well-developed dorsal fin and longitudinal furrows on its belly and throat; esp., any of a genus (Balaenoptera) that includes the sei whale and blue whale
Origin of rorqualFrench ; from Norwegian röyrkval ; from Old Norse reytharhvalr ; from reythr, rorqual (prob. akin to rautha ; from Indo-European base an unverified form reudh-, red) + hvalr, whale: hence literally , red whale, from the reddish streaks in the skin
Any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small, pointed dorsal fin, and including the blue whale and the humpback whale.
Origin of rorqualFrench, from Norwegian rørhval, from Old Norse reydharhvalr : reydhr, rorqual (from raudhr, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots) + hvalr, whale.