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baleen


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Baleen  \Ba*leen"\,  n.  [F.  baleine  whale  and  whalibone  L. 
  balaena  a  whale;  cf  Gr  ?.  ]  (Zo["o]l.  &  Com.) 
  Plates  or  blades  of  ``whalebone,''  from  two  to  twelve  feet 
  long,  and  sometimes  a  foot  wide,  which  in  certain  whales 
  ({Bal[ae]noidea})  are  attached  side  by  side  along  the  upper 
  jaw,  and  form  a  fringelike  sieve  by  which  the  food  is 
  retained  in  the  mouth. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  baleen 
  n  :  a  horny  material  from  the  upper  jaws  of  certain  whales;  used 
  as  the  ribs  of  fans  or  as  stays  in  corsets  [syn:  {whalebone}] 




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