Definitions for narwhalˈnɑr wəl; -ˌʰweɪl, -ˌweɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nar•whalˈnɑr wəl; -ˌʰweɪl, -ˌweɪl(n.)

or nar•wal ; also nar•whale

  1. a small arctic whale, Monodon monoceros, the male of which has a long, spirally twisted tusk extending forward from the upper jaw.

    Category: Mammals

Origin of narwhal:

1650–60; < Scand; cf. Norw, Sw, Dan nar(h)val, reshaped from ON nāhvalr=nār corpse +hvalrwhale1

nar•whal′i•an-ˈʰweɪ li ən, -ˈweɪ-, -ˈwɒl i-(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. narwhal, narwal, narwhale, Monodon monoceros(noun)

    small Arctic whale the male having a long spiral ivory tusk


  1. narwhal(Noun)

    An Arctic cetacean, about 20 feet (6 meters) long; the male has a single twisted pointed canine tooth or tusk projecting forward like a horn.

  2. Origin: From or , from náhvalr, from nár + hvalr. Compare náhvalur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narwhal(noun)

    an arctic cetacean (Monodon monocerous), about twenty feet long. The male usually has one long, twisted, pointed canine tooth, or tusk projecting forward from the upper jaw like a horn, whence it is called also sea unicorn, unicorn fish, and unicorn whale. Sometimes two horns are developed, side by side


  1. Narwhal

    The narwhal, or narwhale, is a medium-sized toothed whale that lives year-round in the Arctic. One of two living species of whale in the Monodontidae family, along with the beluga whale, narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, actually an elongated upper left canine. Found primarily in Canadian Arctic and Greenlandic waters, rarely south of 65°N latitude, the narwhal is a uniquely specialized Arctic predator. In the winter, it feeds on benthic prey, mostly flatfish, at depths of up to 1500 m under dense pack ice. Narwhals have been harvested for over a thousand years by Inuit people in northern Canada and Greenland for meat and ivory, and a regulated subsistence hunt continues to this day. While populations appear stable, the narwhal is particularly vulnerable to climate change due to a narrow geographical range and specialized diet.


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