Definition of Rorqual

1. Noun. Any of several baleen whales of the family Balaenopteridae having longitudinal grooves on the throat and a small pointed dorsal fin.


Definition of Rorqual

1. n. A very large North Atlantic whalebone whale (Physalus antiquorum, or Balænoptera physalus). It has a dorsal fin, and strong longitudinal folds on the throat and belly. Called also razorback.

Definition of Rorqual

1. Noun. Any whale with longitudinal skin folds running from below the mouth to the navel, allowing the capacity of the mouth to expand greatly when feeding. ¹

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Definition of Rorqual

1. a large whale [n -S]

Medical Definition of Rorqual

1. A very large North Atlantic whalebone whale (Physalus antiquorum, or Balaenoptera physalus). It has a dorsal fin, and strong longitudinal folds on the throat and belly. Synonym: razorback. It is one of the largest of the whales, somethimes becoming nearly one hundred feet long, but it is more slender than the right whales, and is noted for its swiftness. The name is sometimes applied to other related species of finback whales. Origin: Norw. Rorqualus a whale with folds. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Rorqual

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1. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1862)
"The rorqual attains a length of 100 to 110 feet; the body is compressed on the sides, and angular on tho back; the head comparatively small, ..."

2. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1843)
"On the middle of this occipital surface is a slightly projecting longitudinal ridge. In the rorqual of the Cape, Cuvier found the atlas distinct from the ..."

3. The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal (1834)
"Observations on the Anatomy of the rorqual (a Whalebone Whale of the largest magnitude), drawn up from the dissection of a specimen found dead off North ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The following table shows the relative circumference, weight, and strength of hemp, charcoal iron wire, and steel wire round ropes :— rorqual. ..."

5. British Mammals: An Attempt to Describe and Illustrate the Mammalian Fauna by Harry Hamilton Johnston (1903)
"THE COMMON rorqual This genus in the species next to be mentioned probably includes the largest ... The Common rorqual may be taken as a type of the genus. ..."

6. Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert Armitage Sterndale (1884)
"The common rorqual, razorback, or pike-whale of the English coasts (B. musculus) attains a length of seventy feet; it is black above and pure white below. ..."

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