Minke-whale definition

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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.
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A small, swift rorqual whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) with a dark body and a light belly.
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Either of two baleen whales, Balaenoptera acutorostrata and Balaenoptera bonaerensis found in coastal waters.
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Origin of minke-whale

  • Partial translation of Norwegian minkehval minke (perhaps after Meincke , member of a 19th-century Norwegian whaling crew) hval whale

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition