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.
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.
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 rørhvalfrom Old Norse reydharhvalrreydhrrorqual (fromraudhrredreudh- in Indo-European roots) hvalrwhale
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Norwegianrøyrkval (“furrow whale"), from Old Norse reyðarhvalr
Rorqual Sentence Examples
When the aquatic members of the class are taken into consideration, the maximum dimensions are vastly greater, Sibbald's rorqual attaining a length of fully 80 ft., and being probably the bulkiest and heaviest animal that has ever existed.
Rorqual whales such as the fin and minke whales have much shorter, firmer baleen and feed by gulping.
Up to eight rorqual whales were thought to be present, most probably Bryde 's Whales.