/mis"teuh seet'/, n. Zool.
any whale of the suborder Mysticeti, as finback and humpback whales, characterized by a symmetrical skull, paired blowholes, and rows of baleen plates for feeding on plankton. Cf. odontocete.
[1825-35; < NL Mysticeti, pl. of Mysticetus < Gk mystíketos or mys tò kêtos whalebone whale, lit., mouse-whale (term used in extant texts of Aristotle, perh. a corruption of *mystakóketos mustache-whale; see MUSTACHIO, CET-)]

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