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Definition of Pilot whale
Pilot whalePilot Pi"lot, n. [F. pilote, prob. from D. peillood plummet,
sounding lead; peilen, pegelen, to sound, measure (fr. D. &
G. peil, pegel, a sort of measure, water mark) + lood lead,
akin to E. lead. The pilot, then, is the lead man, i. e., he
who throws the lead. See Pail, and Lead a metal.]
1. (Naut.) One employed to steer a vessel; a helmsman; a
2. Specifically, a person duly qualified, and licensed by
authority, to conduct vessels into and out of a port, or
in certain waters, for a fixed rate of fees.
3. Figuratively: A guide; a director of another through a
difficult or unknown course.
4. An instrument for detecting the compass error.
5. The cowcatcher of a locomotive. [U.S.]
Pilot balloon, a small balloon sent up in advance of a
large one, to show the direction and force of the wind.
Pilot bird. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A bird found near the Caribbee Islands; -- so called
because its presence indicates to mariners their
approach to these islands. --Crabb.
(b) The black-bellied plover. [Local, U.S.]
Pilot boat, a strong, fast-sailing boat used to carry and
receive pilots as they board and leave vessels.
Pilot bread, ship biscuit.
Pilot cloth, a coarse, stout kind of cloth for overcoats.
Pilot engine, a locomotive going in advance of a train to
make sure that the way is clear.
Pilot fish. (Zo["o]l)
(a) A pelagic carangoid fish (Naucrates ductor); -- so
named because it is often seen in company with a
shark, swimming near a ship, on account of which
sailors imagine that it acts as a pilot to the shark.
(b) The rudder fish (Seriola zonata).
Pilot jack, a flag or signal hoisted by a vessel for a
Pilot jacket, a pea jacket.
Pilot nut (Bridge Building), a conical nut applied
temporarily to the threaded end of a pin, to protect the
thread and guide the pin when it is driven into a hole.
Pilot snake (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A large North American snake (Coluber obsoleus). It
is lustrous black, with white edges to some of the
scales. Called also mountain black snake.
(b) The pine snake.
Pilot whale. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Blackfish, 1.
Meaning of Pilot whale from wikipedia
- Pilot whales
are cetaceans belonging
to the genus
Globicephala. The two extant species
are the long-finned pilot whale
(G. melas) and the short-finned...
- pilot whale
(Globicephala macrorhynchus) is one of the two species
in the genus
with the long-finned pilot
- long-finned pilot whale
(Globicephala melas) is a large species
dolphin. It shares
the genus Globicephala
with the short-finned pilot whale
- Risso's dolphin, the melon-headed whale
(Peponocephala electra), the pygmy killer whale
(Feresa attenuata), pilot whales
(Globicephala spp.), and possibly...
- morphological similarities
with the false killer whale
, the pygmy killer whale
and the pilot whales
, a study
b gene sequences
- the melon-headed whale, the pygmy killer whale
, the false killer whale
, and the two species
of pilot whales
, all of which
are classified under
- pilot whale
, and dráp, meaning
killing), is a type of drive hunting
that involves herding various species
and dolphins, but primarily pilot
- susceptible. This includes
the sperm whale
dolphins, usually pilot
and killer whales
, and a few beaked whale
species. The most common species
- toothed whales
. Sperm whales
, narwhals, many members
of the beaked whale
family, several species
of the porpoise
family, orcas, pilot whales
- other portions
of the "blackfish" (or pilot whale
). However, by the beginning
of large-scale commercial
meat was not consumed
by the general...
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