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.
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.
Muscat: Two Omanis found a prized perfume ingredient from the guts of a dead sperm whale that washed up on the Fooshi shores of Sadah province in southern Oman last week.
A SPERM whale has been washed ashore on a beach again after it was buried.
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,
Montevideo, Rabi'I 12, 1435, Jan 13, 2014, SPA -- A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in a beach in Uruguay is expected to be buried soon.
Summary: Muscat: A 10-metre-long Sperm Whale was found dead by fishermen off the beach of Al .
RESCUE teams celebrated yesterday when a sperm whale finally swam out of Oban Bay after a 10-day visit to the Argyll town.
Bodyguards are on baywatch to protect a giant sperm whale in waters off Oban.
The sperm whale was discovered on Old Hunstanton beach, in Norfolk, on Christmas Eve, and has drawn crowds of visitors.
The sperm whale was discovered on Old Hunstanton beach, in north Norfolk, on Christmas Eve and drew crowds of visitors.
Last year they found themselves at the centre of a huge battle to save a 44ft sperm whale which became stranded on Redcar beach.