Definition of right whale in US English:

right whale

noun

  • A baleen whale with a large head and a deeply curved jaw, of Arctic and temperate waters.

    Family Balaenidae: two genera and three species, in particular Balaena glacialis, which has distinctive patches of callosities on the snout. See also bowhead

    • ‘Dusky dolphins, for example, are famous for spending large amounts of time with right whales and pilot whales, while bottlenose dolphins seem to enjoy the company of humpback whales.’
    • ‘They also show evidence that humans used harpoons, floats and lines to catch their prey, which included sperm whales, right whales and humpbacks.’
    • ‘Except for North Atlantic right whales and southern blue whales, most stocks seem to be increasing.’
    • ‘Sperm, humpback and southern right whales swim through the waters of the Cook Islands from about July through to November each year.’
    • ‘Bowheads, also known as Greenland right whales, are baleen whales, meaning that instead of teeth they have bonelike plates that they use to strain food from gulps of water.’

Pronunciation

right whale

/ˈˌrīt ˈˌ(h)wāl/