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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BALEEN

In these several respects they resemble the plates of baleen in the mouth of a whale.

He has enormous teeth or tushes in the lower jaw, but has no baleen.

These are known as the baleen plates and form the whalebone of commerce.

(g) The baleen of whales also belongs to the epidermal exoskeleton.

The Toothed Whales are not furnished with baleen, but with teeth only.

The number of baleen plates is about 330 on each side of the jaw.

This is precisely how the plates of baleen are disposed in the mouth of a Whale.

This substance is improperly named, since it has none of the properties of bone; its correct name is baleen.

The baleen plates are all black with black or olive-black bristles.

Logs and skulls of baleen whales had been set on end for walls, and mandibles and ribs of whales had been used as rafters.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "whalebone," from Old French balaine (12c.) "whale, whalebone," from Latin ballaena, from Greek phallaina "whale" (apparently related to phallos "swollen penis," probably because of a whale's shape), from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). Klein writes that the Greek to Latin transition was "through the medium of the Illyrian language, a fact which explains the transition of Gk. -ph- into Latin -b- (instead of -p-)."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BALEEN

whale

nouncetacean mammal
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