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sperm whale

n.
1. A very large toothed whale (Physeter macrocephalus syn. P. catodon) formerly hunted for the spermaceti in its massive head and the ambergris in its intestines. Also called cachalot.
2. Either of two small toothed whales (Kogia breviceps or K. sima) also containing spermaceti in the head.

sperm whale

n
(Animals) a large toothed whale, Physeter catodon, having a square-shaped head and hunted for sperm oil, spermaceti, and ambergris: family Physeteridae. Also called: cachalot
[C19: short for spermaceti whale]

sperm′ whale`


n.
a large, square-headed, toothed whale, Physeter catodon, having a cavity in the head that contains sperm oil and spermaceti.
[1825–35]
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Noun1.sperm whale - large whale with a large cavity in the head containing spermaceti and oilsperm whale - large whale with a large cavity in the head containing spermaceti and oil; also a source of ambergris
toothed whale - any of several whales having simple conical teeth and feeding on fish etc.
genus Physeter, Physeter - type genus of the Physeteridae
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Modern whalers also found new populations of sperm whales, Physeter macrocephalus, to hunt and also took southern right whales, Eubalaena australis, when they were encountered.
Key words: aerial survey, Grampus griseus, kleptoparasitism, Lissodelphis borealis, mixed-species association, Northern Right Whale Dolphin, social parasitism, Physeter macrocephalus, Risso's Dolphin, southern California, Southern California Bight, Sperm Whale
Fischer [von Waldheim], 1814) Ozotoceros bezoarticus Leucism 1 Brazil (Linnaeus, 1758) Delphinidae Sotalia guianensis (van Undetermined 1 Brazil Beneden, 1864) Stenella attenuata Undetermined 1 Panama graffmani (Lonnberg, 1934) Physeteridae Physeter macrocephalus Undetermined 1 Peru Linnaeus, 1758 Tayassuidae Pecari tajacu1 (Linnaeus, Leucism 1 Brazil 1758) Carnivora Mustelidae Eira barbara (Linnaeus, Leucism 6 Brazil 1758) Otariidae Arctocephalus australis Piebaldism 1 Uruguay (Zimmermann, 1783) Otaria flavescens (Shaw, Leucism 1 Chile 1800) Albinism 1 Argentina Chiroptera Mollossidae Eumops glaucinus (Wagner, Albinism 1 Brazil 1843) Nyctinomops laticaudatus Piebaldism 5 Brazil (E.
Dentro del suborden Cetacea (Rice, 2009), el cachalote o ballena de esperma, Physeter macrocephalus (Linnaeus, 1758), es considerado el odontoceto de mayor tamano.
physeteris o Tipo II a Physeter macrocephalus (Linnaeus 1758) (Iannacone & Alvarino, 2009).