sperm whale


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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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In life, the visible surface of the Sperm Whale is not the least among the many marvels he presents.
Among the species stranded in the region's beaches were giant sperm whale, spinner dolphin, Fraser's dolphin, striped dolphin, common bottlenose dolphin, pygmy killer whale, Risso's dolphin and dwarf sperm whale.
The scientists say the 2016 sperm whale strandings lined up with solar storms and with subsequent auroras seen over northern Europe.
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In May, a Sperm Whale, the largest species of toothed whale, washed up, sadly dead, near Marsa Matruh on Egypt's Mediterranean coast.
This morning the Aquarium of Genoa played host to the presentation of the sperm whale protection protocol of conduct developed by the partners of the Whalesafe conservation project and co-financed by the European Union through the Life+ program, including the University of Genoa (Department of Physics and the Department of Earth Sciences, Environment and Life), Costa Edutainment, the Maritime Administration of Genoa, the Harbourmaster's Office of Savona and Softeco Sismat.
When two sperm whale families meet at sea, they need a way to recognise that they behave in the same way.
A sixth sperm whale has died on a British beach, the latest of nearly 30 to have become stranded in shallow waters on the coastline of Europe's North Sea over the past month.
The dead 50ft young adult male sperm whale beached in Norfolk
KARACHI -- A Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) was caught by fishermen about 120 nautical miles southwest of Karachi on March 4, said a statement of WWFPakistan here on Friday,