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a whale of a (informal) an exceptionally large or fine example of a (class of objects or persons).
blue whale the largest whale, as much as one hundred feet long, with a bluish gray back, yellow undersides, and grooves running lengthwise on the throat and abdomen.
gray whale a medium-sized mostly gray or black whalebone whale of the North Pacific.
killer whale a very large predatory dolphin, usu. black and white, that feeds on seals and large fish.
minke whale a small, fast-moving whale having furrows on its light belly and throat and a dorsal fin.
right whale any of several large whales lacking a dorsal fin, having a smooth throat, and having eyes set near the corners of the mouth.
sei whale a whalebone whale that has a bluish or gray back and appears in most of the world's seas.
sperm whale a large, toothed whale with a huge, squarish head from which sperm oil and spermaceti are obtained.
toothed whale any of various whales, such as the sperm whale, that have conical teeth in either or both jaws and a foreshortened, asymmetrical skull. (Cf. whalebone whale.)
whale shark an extremely large spotted shark that feeds mainly on plankton and small fishes.
whalebone whale any of various whales, such as the right whales and the rorqual, having toothless jaws and whalebone on the sides of the upper jaw. (Cf. toothed whale.)
white whale see beluga.