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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
whaleʰweɪl, weɪl(n.)(pl.)whales; whale
(n.)any of the larger marine mammals of the order Cetacea, esp. as distinguished from the smaller dolphins, having a fishlike body, forelimbs modified into flippers, and a horizontally flattened head.
something big, great, or fine of its kind:
I had a whale of a time in Europe.
(cap.) the constellation Cetus.
(v.i.)to engage in whaling or whale fishing.
Origin of whale:
bef. 900; ME; OE hwæl, c. OHG wal, ON hvalr
whaleʰweɪl, weɪl(v.t.; v.i.)whaled, whal•ing.
to hit, thrash, or beat soundly.
Origin of whale:
1780–90; orig. uncert.
giant, hulk, heavyweight, whale(noun)
a very large person; impressive in size or qualities
any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head
hunt for whales
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a very large fish-like mammal that lives in the ocean
Any of several species of large sea mammals.
Something, or someone, that is very large.
(In a casino) a person who routinely bets at the maximum limit allowable.
To hunt for whales.
To flog, to beat.
Origin: from hwæl, from hwalaz (compare German Wal, Danish hval), from (s)kʷálos 'sheatfish' (compare German Wels, Latin squalus, Old Prussian kalis, Ancient Greek ἄσπαλος, Avestan ...).
any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, especially any one of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and baleen, or whalebone
Whale is the common name for various marine mammals of the order Cetacea. The term whale sometimes refers to all cetaceans, but more often it excludes dolphins and porpoises, which belong to the suborder Odontoceti. This suborder also includes the sperm whale, killer whale, pilot whale, and beluga whale. The other Cetacean suborder, Mysticeti, comprises filter feeders that eat small organisms caught by straining seawater through a comblike structure found in the mouth called baleen. This suborder includes the blue whale, the humpback whale, the bowhead whale and the minke whale. All cetaceans have forelimbs modified as fins, a tail with horizontal flukes, and nasal openings on top of the head. Whales range in size from the blue whale, the largest animal known to have ever existed at 30 m and 180 tonnes, to various pygmy species, such as the pygmy sperm whale at 3.5 m. Whales collectively inhabit all the world's oceans and number in the millions, with annual population growth rate estimates for various species ranging from 3% to 13%.
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Translations for WHALE
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a type of very large mammal that lives in the sea.
- baleiaPortuguese (BR)
- der WalGerman
- समुद्र में रहने वाला अत्यंत विशाल स्तनधारी प्राणी, ह्वेलHindi
- ikan pausMalay
- 鯨Chinese (Trad.)
- cá voiVietnamese
- 鲸Chinese (Simp.)
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