Cete

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cete (Zoöl) One of the Cetacea, or collectively, the Cetacea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cete A company; a number together: said of badgers. Strutt, Sports and Pastimes, p. 80.
    • n cete A whale.
    • cete An order of monodelphian Mammalia, superorder Educabilia, containing the true cetaceans, as whales, dolphins, etc. It is naturally divisible into three suborders: the Zeuglodontes, mostly extinct; the Denticete, or toothed cetaceans, as the sperm whales, dolphins, and porpoises; and the Mysticete, or whalebone whales. The genera and species are very numerous, and are arranged under 10 families. The Cete are characterized by having the pelvis and hind limbs more or less completely atrophied; a fish-like body, specialized for aquatic progression, and ending in a horizontal tail or flukes; short fore limbs like fins or flippers, one at least of the digits having more than 3 phalanges; the neck usually short; and a greater or less number of the cervical vertebræ ankylosed together. The dentition is monophyodont, and the teeth are conic or compressed when present. Also Ceta, Cetacea.
    • cete In some systems of zoölogical classification, a suborder of Cetomorpha. Also Ceta.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., pl,

Usage

In literature:

The Gorgons are Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale, daughters of Phorcys and Cete.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
He calls the monster 'a Goddess,' 'Dea Cete.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
A badger's earth or warren is properly and generally called a "set" or "cete.
"The Badger" by Alfred E. Pease
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