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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ba·leen /bəˈlin, ˈbæˌlin/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ba·leen n.  Zool. & Com. Plates or blades of “whalebone,” from two to twelve feet long, and sometimes a foot wide, which in certain whales (Balænoidea) are attached side by side along the upper jaw, and form a fringelike sieve by which the food is retained in the mouth.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used
          as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets [syn: whalebone]