One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A division of the whales that comprises the toothed whales.
- ‘Modern whales may be divided into two subgroups: the Odontoceti (toothed whales) and the Mysticeti (baleen whales).’
- ‘The extant sub-orders are the Mysticeti (baleen whales) and the Odontoceti (toothed whales).’
- ‘In the Late Oligocene, a fundamental split occurred between the Odontoceti and the Mysticeti.’
Modern Latin (plural), from Greek odous, odont- ‘tooth’ + ceti ‘of a whale’ (genitive of cetus, from Greek kētos ‘whale’).
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