narwhal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n narwhal small Arctic whale the male having a long spiral ivory tusk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Narwhal när"hwȧl (Zoöl) An arctic cetacean (Monodon monocerous), about twenty feet long. The male usually has one long, twisted, pointed canine tooth, or tusk, projecting forward from the upper jaw like a horn, whence it is called also sea unicorn unicorn fish, and unicorn whale. Sometimes two horns are developed, side by side.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n narwhal A cetacean, Monodon monoceros, of the family Delphinidræ and the subfamily Delphinapterinæ; the sea-unicorn, unicorn-whale, or unicorn-fish. One of the teeth of the male is enormously developed into a straight spirally fluted tusk from 6 to 10 feet long. This tusk is sometimes almost as long as the rest of the creature, and furnishes a valuable ivory. The narwhal also yields a superior quality of oil. It inhabits arctic seas. See also cut under Monodon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Narwhal när′hwal the sea-unicorn, a mammal of the whale family with one large projecting tusk.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sw. or Dan. narvhal,; akin to Icel. nāhvalr, and E. whale,. the first syllable is perh. from Icel. nār, corpse, dead body, in allusion to the whitish color its skin. See Whale
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dan. narhval—Ice. náhvalr, 'corpse-whale,' from the creature's pallid colour (Ice. nár, corpse).

Usage

In literature:

The 30th of June, the frigate spoke some American whalers, from whom we learned that they knew nothing about the narwhal.
"Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne
For a door, we used a piece of the narwhal skin.
"Cast Away in the Cold" by Isaac I. Hayes
The top of this totem is an exact replica of our narwhal horn.
"The Boy Scouts on the Yukon" by Ralph Victor
Very rarely the right tooth of the male narwhal grows to full size side by side with the left tooth.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
It could swim in the sea, and was so big that it could haul whale and narwhal to shore.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
It was that most peculiar of all the whales, a narwhal.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Narwhals have small rounded heads and a small mouth.
"Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic" by Stephen Leatherwood
Curious that there should be so many narwhals in the lanes here.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
It is not, however, very uncommon to find double-horned male narwhals in which both teeth are well developed.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
The sea was full of white whales, narwhals, and grampus.
"The Romance of Polar Exploration" by G. Firth Scott
There is the seal, the walrus, the narwhal, and the white whale.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
Yonder, ploughing his lonely way through the silence of the dark sea, is a monster narwhal.
"Born to Wander" by Gordon Stables
As soon as November comes, the men begin to look for narwhals.
"Little Folks of North America" by Mary Hazelton Wade
Yonder, ploughing his lonely way through the silence of the dark sea, is a monster narwhal.
"Born to Wander" by Gordon Stables
A narwhal came quite a mile out of his lonely way to gaze at the yacht.
"The Cruise of the Snowbird" by Gordon Stables
There were unicorns (narwhals) in the sea in scores, and walruses on the flat ice by the dozen.
"Wild Adventures round the Pole" by Gordon Stables
The Narwhal is not large, 15 feet or so in length.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
He recognised me on the platform at Narwhal Junction.
"True to a Type, Vol. II (of 2)" by Robert Cleland
One of the royal treasures of Denmark is the narwhal throne of the Castle of Rosenberg.
"Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures in Art" by John Vinycomb
The ivory from the single tusk or horn of the narwhal is not of much commercial value except as an ornament or curiosity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 1" by Various
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In poetry:

"And there we hunted the walrus,
The narwhale, and the seal;
Ha! 't was a noble game!
And like the lightning's flame
Flew our harpoons of steel.
"Discoverer Of The North Cape. A Leaf From King Alfred's Orosius. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I think she never loaded things like gold mohurs and spice
And China tea and narwhals' teeth and monkey-nuts and rice,
And ivory, apes and peacocks out of Africa that come,
And Eastern frails and cotton bales and right Jamaica rum.
"Coasting Brigantine - Unnamed" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

How the campaign's top-secret project Narwhal could change this race, and many to come.
How to Install Ubuntu 11.04 'Natty Narwhal ' With Wubi.
If that's not what you're looking for, chances are you won't care about this narwhal 's nattiness—and future Unity-bound releases of Ubuntu may not look too good, either.
Ubuntu 11.04 'Natty Narwhal ': A First Look at the OS.
Two more alpha releases of Ubuntu 11.04 are planned for after this one, followed by a beta version due roughly a month before Natty Narwhal 's scheduled official release on April 28.
How to Install Ubuntu 11.04 ' Natty Narwhal' With Wubi.
Ubuntu 11.04 ' Natty Narwhal': A First Look at the OS.
' Natty Narwhal' Alpha Offers Peek at Ubuntu 11.04.
The previous Ubuntu release--version 11.04, or "Natty Narwhal"--was nothing if not controversial, largely because of its inclusion of the mobile-style Unity interface as the default desktop shell.
Martin Nweeia of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine has cracked the mystery of the narwhal, a bizarre species of Arctic whale with a spiral tusk that resembles a long, pointed horn.
Sierra Nevada's Narwhal … Continue reading.
A Narwhal swims through ice during spring migration in this undated file photo.
Smithsonian magazine staff writer Abigail Tucker recently ventured to Greenland to report on narwhal research.
In Search of the Mysterious Narwhal.
What have scientists learned about the mysterious narwhal, or unicorn whale.
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