The noirwhal

Wednesday’s Rhymes With Orange, with a portmanteau/pun:

(Film) noir and narwhal.

Film noir has come up on this blog several times, in connection with Zippy cartoons about the genre, in particular:

“Possessed by film noir” of 8/16/12
“Don’t Bother to Knock” of 8/9/13
“Noir 1949” of 6/14/14
“Dingburg noir” of 1/6/15

And on the narwhal, from Wikipedia:

The narwhal, or narwhale (Monodon monoceros), is a medium-sized toothed whale and possesses a large “tusk” from a protruding canine tooth. It lives year-round in the Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. It is one of two living species of whale in the Monodontidae family, along with the beluga whale. The narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, which is an elongated upper left canine.

The grisly origin of narwhal, from NOAD2:

mid 17th cent.: from Dutch narwal, Danish narhval, based on Old Norse nár ‘corpse,’ with reference to skin color.

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