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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.
Sacred To the Memory of The late Captain Ezekiel Hardy, Who in the bows of his boat was killed by a Sperm Whale on the coast of Japan, August 3d, This Tablet Is erected to his Memory by His Widow.
And offshore, pods of sperm whales have worked out that the easiest way to get a free feed is to follow the boats fishing for black cod and steal their entire catch - worth thousands of dollars - before they can haul it up.
In all my 30 something years in the museum, we've never had a group of sperm whales come up.
The unique seabed features in the area, such as canyons, attract a large number of sperm whales that often emerge near the coast.
OK, they may have a name guaranteed to make a 12-year-old giggle, but The Sperm Whales play some pretty good music.
Sperm whales with their distinctive rounded foreheads have a darker pigmentation, also migrate between February and April to the Gulf of California, but have a different lifestyle.
Sperm whales get their water supply through their food so the fear is that if it does not return to its feeding grounds, it will become dehydrated.
The series of snaps feature the group of huge sperm whales showing kindness to the much smaller, deformed bottlenose.
Jimmy and the Whale Whisperer (Channel 4, tonight, 7pm) | WILDLIFE enthusiast Jimmy Doherty won't have had much call to deal with sperm whales in his previous job as a farmer, but now as a top telly celeb he's able to broaden his horizons and fulfil all manner of lifelong dreams.
Sperm whales are easily recognized by their massive heads and prominent rounded foreheads.
Sperm whales are a protected species and removing anything for trade or sale is illegal.