Ba*leen"(b*ln"), n. [F. baleine whale and whalebone, L. balaena a whale; cf. Gr. fa`laina. ] (Zol. & Com.) Plates or blades of "whalebone," from two to twelve feet long, and sometimes a foot wide, which in certain whales (Balnoidea) are attached side by side along the upper jaw, and form a fringelike sieve by which the food is retained in the mouth.
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