right whale

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EtymologyEdit

From the opinion of whalers that balaenid whales were the "right" (i.e. correct) whales to target because their carcasses were easier to collect.

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right whale (plural right whales)

  1. The baleen whales belonging to the family Balaenidae, in the genera Eubalaena (three species) and Balaena (one species, the bowhead whale, also called the Greenland right whale).

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Last modified on 3 April 2014, at 09:52