Right whale

Right" whale`

(?). (Zol.) (a) The bowhead, Arctic, or Greenland whale (Balna mysticetus), from whose mouth the best whalebone is obtained. (b) Any other whale that produces valuable whalebone, as the Atlantic, or Biscay, right whale (Balna cisarctica), and the Pacific right whale (Balna Sieboldii); a bone whale.
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Pygmy right whale (Zol.), a small New Zealand whale (Neobalna marginata) which is only about sixteen feet long. It produces short, but very elastic and tough, whalebone.
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