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nar·whal / ˈnärwəl/ • n. a small Arctic whale (Monodon monoceros, family Monodontidae), the male of which has a long spirally twisted tusk developed from one of its teeth.

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narwhal XVII. — Du. narwal — Da. narhval; the second el. is WHALE. The relation to synon. ON. náhvalr is obscure; the latter appears to be f. nár corpse, and the allusion is supposed to be to the colour of the animal's skin.

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narwhal Small, toothed Arctic whale. The male has a twisted horn, half as long as its body, which develops from a tooth and protrudes horizontally through one side of the upper lip. Length: up to 5m (16ft). Species Monodon monoceros.

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narwhal a small Arctic whale, the male of which has a long forward-pointing spirally twisted tusk developed from one of its teeth; in the past this tusk was sometimes represented as or believed to be a unicorn's horn, with its magic properties.

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narwhal (Monoceros) See MONODONTIDAE.

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