Balearic crane. (Zoöl.) See Crane.

(Ba*leen") n. [F. baleine whale and whalebone, L. balaena a whale; cf. Gr. fa`laina.] (Zoöl. & 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.

(Bale"fire`) n. [AS. b&aemacrlfyr the fire of the funeral pile; b&aemacrl fire, flame (akin to Icel. bal, OSlav. belu, white, Gr. falo`s bright, white, Skr. bhala brightness) + fyr, E. fire.] A signal fire; an alarm fire.

Sweet Teviot! on thy silver tide
The glaring balefires blaze no more.
Sir W. Scott.

(Bale"ful) a. [AS. bealoful. See Bale misery.]

1. Full of deadly or pernicious influence; destructive. "Baleful enemies." Shak.

Four infernal rivers that disgorge
Into the burning lake their baleful streams.

2. Full of grief or sorrow; woeful; sad. [Archaic]

(Bale"ful*ly), adv. In a baleful manner; perniciously.

(Bale"ful*ness), n. The quality or state of being baleful.

(||Bal"i*sa`ur) n. [Hind.] (Zoöl.) A badgerlike animal of India

(Bal"is*ter) (bal"is*ter or ba*lis"ter), n. [OF. balestre. See Ballista.] A crossbow. [Obs.] Blount.

(Bal"is*toid) a. (Zoöl.) Like a fish of the genus Balistes; of the family Balistidæ. See Filefish.

(||Bal`is*tra"ri*a) n. [LL.] (Anc. Fort.) A narrow opening, often cruciform, through which arrows might be discharged. Parker.

(||Ba*lize") n. [F. balise; cf. Sp. balisa.] A pole or a frame raised as a sea beacon or a landmark.

(Balk) n. [AS. balca beam, ridge; akin to Icel. balkr partition, bjalki beam, OS. balko, G. balken; cf. Gael. balc ridge of earth between two furrows. Cf. Balcony, Balk, v. t., 3d Bulk.]

(Bale), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Baled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Baling.] To make up in a bale. Goldsmith.

(Bale), v. t. See Bail, v. t., to lade.

(Bale) n. [AS. bealo, bealu, balu; akin to OS. balu, OHG. balo, Icel. böl, Goth. balweins.]

1. Misery; calamity; misfortune; sorrow.

Let now your bliss be turned into bale.

2. Evil; an evil, pernicious influence; something causing great injury. [Now chiefly poetic]

(Bal`e*ar"ic) a. [L. Balearicus, fr. Gr. baliarei^s the Balearic Islands.] Of or pertaining to the isles of Majorca, Minorca, Ivica, etc., in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Valencia.

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