Sea canary

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sea canary (Zoöl) The beluga, or white whale.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from a whistling sound which it makes

Usage

In literature:

The malmsey, dry canary and Indian allspice, might transform the Scheldt and Baltic Sea into a huge vat of hippocras.
"A Word Only A Word, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Canaris advised a combat on the sea, but was overruled; and the consequences were fatal.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX" by John Lord
This cave is at a height of 11,040 feet above the sea, and is therefore not far below the snow-line of the latitudes of the Canary Isles.
"Ice-Caves of France and Switzerland" by George Forrest Browne
The sea-water was found to be less salt than it had been since leaving the Canaries.
"The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503" by Various
You have been out on the Western Sea, as far as the Canary Islands, perhaps?
"My Shipmate--Columbus" by Stephen Wilder
Do you stay in the Canaries, or go with us to the South Sea?
"The Admirable Lady Biddy Fane" by Frank Barrett
The Beluga has a voice; but the name "Sea Canary" is hardly suitable to it.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In news:

The canaries of the sea are singing.
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