cetacean cetacean  /sɪ ˈteɪ ʃən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) large aquatic carnivorous mammal with fin-like forelimbs no hind limbs, including: whales; dolphins; porpoises; narwhals
  2. (adj) of or relating to whales and dolphins etc

Usage(s):

  1. Wang says the finless porpoise, another large cetacean native to the river, has also seen its population plummet because of shipping and hydrological engineering.
  2. As a young man, he captured and trained Flipper--or rather, the five dolphins that played that beloved cetacean.
  3. An extraordinary effort, but then again this is no ordinary cetacean.

News

  1. Three things to do in Marin County, July 30, 2013

    Whale tales• What: Naturalist Jerry Loomis speaks about "Whale Watching in the Sea of Cortez, Laguna Magdelena and Laguna San Igancio" at an SF Bay American Cetacean Society program.
    on July 30, 2013     Source: Marin Independent Journal

  2. A Complicated Cetacean

    Watch A Complicated Cetacean video online. News and opinion video from The NYTimes including breaking news, investigative reporting, national and international coverage. Style and celebrity video.
    on July 29, 2013     Source: New York Times

Quotes

  1. "No cetacean can now be hunted in our territorial waters," Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said after signing a law creating the reserve.
    on Jun 22, 2008 By: Michelle Bachelet Source: AFP

  2. Each year the accusations have flown and the language has become more colourful: "We are obsessed with stopping the cetacean Death Star, that vicious, cruel killing machine and her fleet of boats armed with explosive harpoons," says Watson.
    on Jan 9, 2010 By: Paul Watson Source: The Guardian

  3. "For more than half of cetacean species we are unable to definitively say whether particular populations are declining or increasing, and the reality for some species could be worse than we currently believe," Chadwick said. "This is an...
    on Aug 12, 2008 By: Stephanie Chadwick Source: Earthtimes (press release)

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