Definitions for narwhalˈnɑr wəl; -ˌʰweɪl, -ˌweɪl
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nar•whalˈnɑr wəl; -ˌʰweɪl, -ˌweɪl(n.)
or nar•wal ; also nar•whale
a small arctic whale, Monodon monoceros, the male of which has a long, spirally twisted tusk extending forward from the upper jaw.
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.)
narwhal, narwal, narwhale, Monodon monoceros(noun)
small Arctic whale the male having a long spiral ivory tusk
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.
Origin: From or , from náhvalr, from nár + hvalr. Compare náhvalur.
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
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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