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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.
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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]
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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.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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sperm whale

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References in classic literature ?
(Sperm Whale Fishery) to his visiting card, such a procedure would be deemed pre-eminently presuming and ridiculous.
Assuming the blubber to be the skin of the whale; then, when this skin, as in the case of a very large Sperm Whale, will yield the bulk of one hundred barrels of oil; and, when it is considered that, in quantity, or rather weight, that oil, in its expressed state, is only three fourths, and not the entire substance of the coat; some idea may hence be had of the enormousness of that animated mass, a mere part of whose mere integument yields such a lake of liquid as that.
If there is a huge sperm whale charging at the right side of your boat and you need to spread an alert, surely shouting: "Sperm whale on right!" is more sensible than shouting "Sperm whale on starboard!"
Coastguards and marine experts faced a race against time to save the 30ft female sperm whale, who was struggling in the River Humber at Kilnsea, on Spurn Point, East Yorkshire.
STRANDED: a sperm whale' RESCUE BID: the Northern bottle-nosed whale in the River Thames
In 1930 a Norwegian navy tanker was attacked three times by a giant squid, and in 1965 the crew of a Soviet tanker witnessed an epic battle between a squid and a sperm whale which ended in a score draw: the strangled body of the 40-tonne whale appeared on the surface, with the squid's tentacles still wrapped around it; the squid's head was found in the whale's stomach.
During a sperm whale cruise that happened to coincide with the invasion of Grenada, Bill Watkins and I found that sperm whales become silent when exposed to sonar sounds, and when exposed to airguns, they have reduced rates of buzzes associated with catching prey.
In the sperm whale the forehead is massive, more than a third of its body length.
What happens when a sperm whale clashes with a giant squid in the depths of the sea?
A desperate bid to save a 45ft long sperm whale stranded on a Scottish beach was called off yesterday.
If you were a sperm whale, every member of your family would be big.
A female pygmy sperm whale stranded on the beach of Calaca town in Batangas province died Thursday morning.