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doc Definition of baleen
    English to English
    noun
  • a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets
  • source: WordNet 3.0
  • Plates or blades of "whalebone," from two to twelve feet long, and sometimes a foot wide, which in certain whales (Balænoidea) are attached side by side along the upper jaw, and form a fringelike sieve by which the food is retained in the mouth.
  • source: Webster 1913
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