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 for Pseudoprion desolatus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whale \Whale\, n. [OE. whal, AS. hw[ae]l; akin to D. walvisch,
     G. wal, walfisch, OHG. wal, Icel. hvalr, Dan. & Sw. hval,
     hvalfisk. Cf. Narwhal, Walrus.] (Zool.)
     Any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, especially any one
     of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred
     feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and
     baleen, or whalebone.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The existing whales are divided into two groups: the
           toothed whales ({Odontocete), including those that
           have teeth, as the cachalot, or sperm whale (see Sperm
           whale); and the baleen, or whalebone, whales
           ({Mysticete), comprising those that are destitute of
           teeth, but have plates of baleen hanging from the upper
           jaw, as the right whales. The most important species of
           whalebone whales are the bowhead, or Greenland, whale
           (see Illust. of Right whale), the Biscay whale, the
           Antarctic whale, the gray whale (see under Gray), the
           humpback, the finback, and the rorqual.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Whale bird. (Zool.)
     (a) Any one of several species of large Antarctic petrels
         which follow whaling vessels, to feed on the blubber and
         floating oil; especially, Prion turtur (called also
         blue petrel), and Pseudoprion desolatus.
     (b) The turnstone; -- so called because it lives on the
         carcasses of whales. [Canada]
  
     Whale fin (Com.), whalebone. --Simmonds.
  
     Whale fishery, the fishing for, or occupation of taking,
        whales.
  
     Whale louse (Zool.), any one of several species of degraded
        amphipod crustaceans belonging to the genus Cyamus,
        especially Cyamus ceti. They are parasitic on various
        cetaceans.
  
     Whale's bone, ivory. [Obs.]
  
     Whale shark. (Zool.)
     (a) The basking, or liver, shark.
     (b) A very large harmless shark ({Rhinodon typicus) native
         of the Indian Ocean. It sometimes becomes sixty feet
         long.
  
     Whale shot, the name formerly given to spermaceti.
  
     Whale's tongue (Zool.), a balanoglossus.
        [1913 Webster]

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