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baleen whale, whalebone whale(noun)
whale with plates of whalebone along the upper jaw for filtering plankton from the water
Any of several large whales, of the suborder Mysticeti, that have plates of whalebone instead of teeth
The baleen whales, also called whalebone whales or great whales, form the Mysticeti, one of two suborders of the Cetacea. Baleen whales are characterized by having baleen plates for filtering food from water, rather than having teeth. This distinguishes them from the other suborder of cetaceans, the toothed whales or Odontoceti. Living species of Mysticeti have teeth only during the embryonal phase. Fossil Mysticeti had teeth before baleen evolved. The suborder contains four extant families and 15 species.
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