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cach·a·lot

 (kăsh′ə-lŏt′, -lō′)
[French, from Spanish or Portuguese cachalote, augmentative of cachola, big head.]
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cachalot

(ˈkæʃəˌlɒt)
n
(Animals) another name for sperm whale
[C18: from French, from Portuguese, cachalote, of unknown origin]
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cachalot - large whale with a large cavity in the head containing spermaceti and oilcachalot - 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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References in classic literature ?
I believe in the existence of a mammal power fully organised, belonging to the branch of vertebrata, like the whales, the cachalots, or the dolphins, and furnished with a horn of defence of great penetrating power."
--This whale, among the English of old vaguely known as the Trumpa whale, and the Physeter whale, and the Anvil Headed whale, is the present Cachalot of the French, and the Pottsfich of the Germans, and the Macrocephalus of the Long Words.
Pour la premiere fois a cette latitude dans la baie de Baffin, des globicephales (Globicephala melas) et des cachalots (Physeter macrocephalus) ont ete detectes en ete et en automne.