whalebone


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whale·bone

 (wāl′bōn′, hwāl′-)
n.
1. The elastic, horny material forming the fringed plates that hang from the upper jaw of baleen whales and strain plankton from the water. Also called baleen.
2. An object made of this material.

whalebone

(ˈweɪlˌbəʊn)
n
1. (Zoology) Also called: baleen a horny elastic material forming a series of numerous thin plates that hang from the upper jaw on either side of the palate in the toothless (whalebone) whales and strain plankton from water entering the mouth
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a thin strip of this substance, used in stiffening corsets, bodices, etc

whale•bone

(ˈʰweɪlˌboʊn, ˈweɪl-)

n.
1. Also called baleen. an elastic, horny substance hanging in fringed platelike sheets from the upper jaws of whalebone whales and serving to strain plankton.
2. something made of this substance, as corset stays.
[1175–1225]

whale·bone

(wāl′bōn′)
See baleen.

Whalebone

Not really bone, but a horn-like material found in the mouth of the baleen whale. In the early part of the twentieth century, whalebone was widely used for stays in women’s corsets because it was light, flexible, and rustproof.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Whalebone - a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whaleswhalebone - a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets
horn - the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails
Translations
barde
halcsont
hvalskíîi
veľrybia kostica
balenabalina

whalebone

[ˈweɪlbəʊn] Nbarba f de ballena; (in haberdashery) → ballena f

whalebone

[ˈweɪlˌbəʊn] n (in corset) → stecca di balena

whale

(weil) noun
a type of very large mammal that lives in the sea.
killer whale noun
a black and white whale.
ˈwhalebone noun, adjective
(of) a light bendable substance got from the upper jaw of certain whales.
whale oil
oil obtained from the fatty parts of a whale.
have a whale of a time
to enjoy oneself very much.
References in classic literature ?
Among those ancestral people there is a young man, dressed in the very fashion of to-day: he wears a dark frock-coat, almost destitute of skirts, gray pantaloons, gaiter boots of patent leather, and has a finely wrought gold chain across his breast, and a little silver-headed whalebone stick in his hand.
Every once and a while Peleg came hobbling out of his whalebone den, roaring at the men down the hatchways, roaring up to the riggers at the mast-head, and then concluded by roaring back into his wigwam.
In most cases this lower jaw --being easily unhinged by a practised artist --is disengaged and hoisted on deck for the purpose of extracting the ivory teeth, and furnishing a supply of that hard white whalebone with which the fishermen fashion all sorts of curious articles, including canes, umbrella-stocks, and handles to riding-whips.
No rain fell on my head, but the converging whalebone points of a dozen neighboring umbrellas poured little cooling steams of water down my neck, and sometimes into my ears, and thus kept me from getting hot and impatient.
Brocklehurst's own heart, made up of equal parts of whalebone and iron.
A personage, who it appeared afterwards was a physician, placed himself standing by his side with a whalebone wand in his hand.
Better armed than the whale, whose upper jaw is furnished only with whalebone, it is supplied with twenty-five large tusks, about eight inches long, cylindrical and conical at the top, each weighing two pounds.
I believe he thrusts pins through the heads of rabbits, he makes fowls eat madder, and punches the spinal marrow out of dogs with whalebone.
There you might have seen a throng of young females, not filled with envyings of each other's charms, nor displaying the ridiculous affectations of gentility, nor yet moving in whalebone corsets, like so many automatons, but free, inartificially happy, and unconstrained.
Hunt lost no time in hurrying the residue of the cargo on board of her; then, bidding adieu to his seal-fishing friends, and his whalebone habitation, he put forth once more to sea.
When the yelpings grew too loud Kotuko lazily rolled off the sleeping-bench, and picked up a whip with an eighteen-inch handle of springy whalebone, and twenty-five feet of heavy, plaited thong.
I procured a stiff piece of whalebone, thrust it down the throat of the corpse, and deposited the latter in an old wine box-taking care so to double the body up as to double the whalebone with it.