[nahr-wuh l] /ˈnɑr wəl/
a small arctic whale, Monodon monoceros, the male of which has a long, spirally twisted tusk extending forward from the upper jaw.
an arctic toothed whale, Monodon monoceros, having a black-spotted whitish skin and, in the male, a long spiral tusk: family Monodontidae
1650s, from Danish and Norwegian narhval, probably a metathesis of Old Norse nahvalr, literally “corpse-whale,” from na “corpse” + hvalr “whale” (see whale). So called from resemblance of its whitish color to that of dead bodies. The first element is from PIE *nau- “death; to be exhausted” (cf. Old English ne, neo, Gothic naus “corpse,” Old Cornish naun, Old Church Slavonic navi, Old Prussian nowis “corpse,” Lettish nawe “death,” Lithuanian novyti “to torture, kill”).
[nair-ee] /ˈnɛər i/ adjective, Older Use. 1. not any; no; never a: nary a sound. /ˈnɛərɪ/ adverb 1. (dialect) not; never: nary a man was left adj. 1746, alteration of ne’er a, short for never a.
- Nary a
Not one, as in There’s nary a mention of taxes in that speech, or Nary an officer could be seen. This archaic-sounding contraction of “never a” remains in current use. [ Mid-1700s ]
1. . 2. naval air station. noun 1. a private organization, created by an act of Congress (1863), that furthers science and advises the U.S. government on scientific and technical issues. Abbreviation: N.A.S., NAS. networking 1. Network Application Support. 2. Network Attached Storage. 3. National Advanced Systems. (2003-07-20) 1. Nassau [Bahamas] International Airport 2. National […]
1. . 2. naval air station.