Whale

Definition of Whale

n.1.(Zool.) Any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, especially any one of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and baleen, or whalebone.
Whale bird
a - (Zool.) Any one of several species of large Antarctic petrels which follow whaling vessels, to feed on the blubber and floating oil; especially, Prion turtur (called also blue petrel), and Pseudoprion desolatus.
b - The turnstone; - so called because it lives on the carcasses of whales.
Whale fin
(Com.) whalebone.
Whale fishery
the fishing for, or occupation of taking, whales.
- Simmonds.
Whale louse
(Zool.) any one of several species of degraded amphipod crustaceans belonging to the genus Cyamus, especially Cyamus ceti. They are parasitic on various cetaceans.
Whale's bone
ivory.
Whale shark
a - (Zool.) The basking, or liver, shark.
b - A very large harmless shark (Rhinodon typicus) native of the Indian Ocean. It sometimes becomes sixty feet long.
Whale shot
the name formerly given to spermaceti.
Whale's tongue
(Zool.) a balanoglossus.

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