balein

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Latin balaena (whale), from Ancient Greek φάλαινα (phálaina, whale). Cognate with English baleen.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /baːˈlɛi̯n/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ba‧lein
  • Rhymes: -ɛi̯n

Noun[edit]

balein n (uncountable)

  1. (type of material) baleen
    Synonyms: baard, walvisbeen

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

balein f (plural baleinen, diminutive baleintje n)

  1. a whalebone; a baleen
  2. a spoke that reinforces an umbrella or parasol (in the past often made of baleen)

Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: balein