potvis

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Etymology[edit]

Compound of pot (pot) +‎ vis (fish). The part pot refers to the sperm whale's blunt head due to its melon and spermaceti organ.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɔtfɪs/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: pot‧vis

Noun[edit]

potvis m (plural potvissen, diminutive potvisje n)

  1. sperm whale, Physeter catodon (syn. Physeter macrocephalus)
  2. sperm whale, any member of the family Physeteridae, including the above and several prehistoric species

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