Definitions for narwhalˈnɑr wəl; -ˌʰweɪl, -ˌweɪl
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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
Origin: [Sw. or Dan. narvhal; akin to Icel. nhvalr, and E. whale. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. nr corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See Whale.]
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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- narvalCatalan, Valencian
- φάλαινα νάρβαλGreek
- narval, licorne de merFrench
- qilalugaq qernertaqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- narkvalNorwegian Nynorsk
- tééh hóyáanii bíchį́į́htsahíNavajo, Navaho
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