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whale

noun [C] uk   /weɪl/ us  
B1 a very large sea mammal that breathes air through a hole at the top of its head
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Translations of “whale”
in Korean 고래…
in Arabic حوت…
in French baleine…
in Turkish balina…
in Italian balena…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鯨…
in Russian кит…
in Polish wieloryb…
in Spanish ballena…
in Portuguese baleia…
in German der Wal…
in Catalan balena…
in Japanese クジラ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鲸…
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