rorqual


rorqual
noun Etymology: French, from Norwegian rørhval, from Old Norse reytharhvalr, from reythr rorqual + hvalr whale Date: 1827 any of a family (Balaenopteridae) of large baleen whales (as a blue whale or humpback whale) having the skin of the throat marked with deep longitudinal furrows ; a ship designed and equipped to allow vehicles (as automobiles or tanks) to be driven on or off

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.