1. [syn: finback, finback whale, fin whale, common rorqual, Balaenoptera physalus]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rorqual \Ror"qual\, n. [Norw. rorqualus a whale with folds.]
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.
Called also razorback.
Note: 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: large flat-headed whalebone whale having deep furrows along
the throat; of Atlantic and Pacific [syn: finback,
finback whale, fin whale, common rorqual,