Rorqual meaning

rôr'kwəl
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.
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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.
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Any whale with longitudinal skin folds running from below the mouth to the navel, allowing the capacity of the mouth to expand greatly when feeding.
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Origin of rorqual

  • French from Norwegian rørhval from Old Norse reydharhvalr reydhr rorqual (from raudhr red reudh- in Indo-European roots) hvalr whale
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Norwegian røyrkval (“furrow whale"), from Old Norse reyðarhvalr
    From Wiktionary