Usage examples for cetacean

  1. Half hippopotamus, half seal, yet in no way related to either, something between a pachyderm and cetacean the dugong is a herbivorous marine mammal, commonly known as " the sea cow," because of its resemblance in some particulars to that useful domesticated animal. – The Confessions of a Beachcomber by E J Banfield
  2. It contains several peculiar corals, and a large Nautilus allied to N. ziczac; also in its upper bed a gigantic cetacean called Zeuglodon by Owen. – The Student's Elements of Geology by Sir Charles Lyell
  3. It is not in the nature of things that the writer could ever have seen or even heard of a manatee or a dugong; nor is it likely that he had been a sea- farer, or could have seen any Mediterranean cetacean – Creation and Its Records by B.H. Baden-Powell
  4. The fishermen believe that the dolphin purposely draws fish to their nets, and each fishing village has its particular guardian dolphin, which receives a name common to all the fellows of his school, and it is this supposition that makes it so difficult to obtain specimens of this cetacean – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  5. One of the most interesting of the spirited sculptures of animal forms to be found on the mound pipes, is the representation of the Lamantin, or Manotee, a cetacean found only in tropical waters, and the nearest place which they at present frequent is the coast of Florida- at least a thousand miles away. – Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce by E. R. Billings
  6. The pursuit of this " royal fish"- as the ancient chroniclers call him in contented ignorance of the fact that he is not a fish at all- had not, indeed, originated in New England, but had been practised by all maritime peoples of whom history has knowledge, while the researches of archeologists have shown that prehistoric peoples were accustomed to chase the gigantic cetacean for his blubber, his oil, and his bone. – American Merchant Ships and Sailors by Willis J. Abbot
  7. Then Hank, who had been standing in the bow beside the gun, watching every move of the cetacean during the afternoon, suddenly signaled with his hand for " full speed astern," by this maneuver stopping the ship squarely, as a whale- a medium- sized finback- came up right under the vessel's bow. – The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  8. But a grampus is a cetacean and that is the family to which whales belong. – The Corner House Girls on Palm Island by Grace Brooks Hill Thelma Gooch
  9. They tossed him on short sentences; they swathed him in paragraphs of winding imagery; they found him at once a mere plagiarist and a theoriser of unexampled perversity, ridiculously wrong about potzis and ignorant of Pali; they hinted, indeed, at certain things which to their knowledge he had silently brooded over in his boyhood, and seemed tolerably well assured that this preposterous attempt to gainsay an incomparable Cetacean of world- wide fame had its origin in a peculiar mixture of bitterness and eccentricity which, rightly estimated and seen in its definite proportions, would furnish the best key to his argumentation. – Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot
  10. Two immense specimens of the cetacean species were in front of the submarine, one on either bow, evidently much puzzled over the glaring lights. – Tom Swift and his Undersea Search or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic by Victor Appleton
  11. The place could not have been picked out with greater accuracy if the whaler had known the exact spot where the big cetacean was going to appear. – The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  12. In the apparently complete absence of hinder limbs, and in the characters of the vertebral column, the Zeuglodon lies on the cetacean side of the boundary line; so that, upon the whole, the Zeuglodonts, transitional as they are, are conveniently retained in the cetacean order. – Critiques and Addresses by Thomas Henry Huxley