sperm oil


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sperm oil

n.
A yellow, waxy oil obtained from the head of the sperm whale and formerly used as an industrial lubricant.

sperm oil

n
(Elements & Compounds) an oil obtained from the head of the sperm whale, used as a lubricant

sperm′ oil`


n.
a thin, yellow, water-insoluble liquid obtained from the sperm whale, used as a lubricant.
[1820–30]
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Noun1.sperm oil - an animal oil found in the blubber of the sperm whale
animal oil - any oil obtained from animal substances
References in classic literature ?
What then can it possibly be, but sperm oil in its unmanufactured, unpolluted state, the sweetest of all oils?
He has registered a vow: he will fill his vessel with good sperm oil, or failing to do so, never again strike Yankee soundings.
If you've ever used genuine, honest-to-gosh sperm oil then you've got some idea of what NyOil is like.