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Definition: whale louse
n : amphipod crustacean parasitic on cetaceans
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Definition: Whale louse
, n. [OE. whal, AS. hw[ae]l; akin to D. walvisch,
G. wal, walfisch, OHG. wal, Icel. hvalr, Dan. & Sw. hval,
hvalfisk. Cf. Narwhal
Any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea
, especially any one
of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred
feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and
baleen, or whalebone.
Note: The existing whales are divided into two groups: the
toothed whales (Odontocete
), including those that
have teeth, as the cachalot, or sperm whale (see Sperm whale
); and the baleen, or whalebone, whales
), comprising those that are destitute of
teeth, but have plates of baleen hanging from the upper
jaw, as the right whales. The most important species of
whalebone whales are the bowhead, or Greenland, whale
(see Illust. of Right whale
), the Biscay whale, the
Antarctic whale, the gray whale (see under Gray
humpback, the finback, and the rorqual.
(a) Any one of several species of large Antarctic petrels
which follow whaling vessels, to feed on the blubber and
floating oil; especially, Prion turtur
), and Pseudoprion desolatus
(b) The turnstone; -- so called because it lives on the
carcasses of whales. [Canada]
(Com.), whalebone. --Simmonds.
, the fishing for, or occupation of taking,
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
degraded amphipod crustaceans belonging to the genus
, especially Cyamus ceti
. They are parasitic on
, ivory. [Obs.]
(a) The basking, or liver, shark.
(b) A very large harmless shark (Rhinodon typicus
of the Indian Ocean. It sometimes becomes sixty feet
, the name formerly given to spermaceti.
(Zo["o]l.), a balanoglossus.