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Definition of Whale


  1. 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.

Whale Quotations

I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick.
Muhammad Ali

Light doesn't penetrate beneath the surface of the water, so ocean creatures like whales and dolphins and even 800 species of fish communicate by sound. And a North Atlantic right whale can transmit across hundreds of miles.
Rose George

I went whale-watching, and I was really looking forward to that, but when you see it on TV and you see other programs do it, you're seeing close-ups of these massive creatures, and the music that's added gives you a certain feeling. But in reality, you're stuck on a boat that's bobbing up and down, you feel sick, the whale isn't there on demand.
Karl Pilkington

The Bible is full of dubious scientific impossibilities, from Jonah living inside a whale, to the sun standing still in the sky for Joshua.
Lawrence M. Krauss

The real threat to whales is whaling, which has endangered many whale species.
Dave Barry
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Whale Translations

whale in Afrikaans is walvis
whale in Danish is hval
whale in Dutch is walvis
whale in Finnish is valas
whale in French is baleine
whale in German is Wal, Wal, Wals
whale in Italian is balena
whale in Latin is balaena
whale in Norwegian is hval
whale in Portuguese is baleia
whale in Spanish is ballena
whale in Swedish is val
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