1. (noun) southern right whale, tohorā, Eubalaena australis - a baleen whale with a large head and curved jaw found in temperate waters.
Ka rokona e rātau ki te papā i waho i te moana, whēnā me te pū nā te papā. Ka mahara rātau he peke kewa e papaki ana i te moana (JPS 1901:89). / They heard a loud report out at sea, like that of a gun. They thought it was a whale flipper slapping the water.