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