Right-whale meaning

Any of several large baleen whales of the family Balaenidae, characterized by a large head with an arched upper jaw and absence of a dorsal fin.
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Any of a family (Balaenidae) of large-headed baleen whales lacking a dorsal fin and longitudinal wrinkles on the throat and chest.
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The baleen whales belonging to the family Balaenidae, in the genera Eubalaena (three species) and Balaena (one species, the bowhead whale, also called the Greenland right whale).
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Origin of right-whale

  • Because it was the “right” whale to kill

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

  • From the opinion of whalers that balaenid whales were the "right" (i.e. correct) whales to target because their carcasses were easier to collect.

    From Wiktionary