spermaceti


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sper·ma·ce·ti

 (spûr′mə-sē′tē, -sĕt′ē)
n. pl. sper·ma·ce·tis
A white waxy substance obtained chiefly from the head of the sperm whale, consisting of various esters of fatty acids and formerly used for making candles, ointments, and cosmetics.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin spermacētī : Late Latin sperma, semen; see sperm1 + Latin cētī, genitive of cētus, whale; see Cetus.]

spermaceti

(ˌspɜːməˈsɛtɪ; -ˈsiːtɪ)
n
(Elements & Compounds) a white waxy substance obtained from oil from the head of the sperm whale: used in cosmetics, candles, ointments, etc
[C15: from Medieval Latin sperma cētī whale's sperm, from sperma sperm1 + Latin cētus whale, from Greek kētos]

sper•ma•cet•i

(ˌspɜr məˈsɛt i, -ˈsi ti)

n.
a pearly white, waxy, translucent solid, obtained from the oil of sperm whales and other cetaceans: used chiefly in cosmetics and candles and as an emollient.
[1425–75; < Medieval Latin sperma cētī sperm of whale]

sper·ma·ce·ti

(spûr′mə-sē′tē)
A white, waxy substance obtained from the head of the sperm whale and sometimes other whales, porpoises, and dolphins, and used to make candles, ointments, and cosmetics.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spermaceti - a white waxy substance from oil of the sperm whale
wax - any of various substances of either mineral origin or plant or animal origin; they are solid at normal temperatures and insoluble in water
Translations

spermaceti

[ˌspɜːməˈsetɪ] Nesperma m or f de ballena

spermaceti

nSpermazet nt, → Walrat nt
References in classic literature ?
Moreover, as that of Heidelburgh was always replenished with the most excellent of the wines of the Rhenish valleys, so the tun of the whale contains by far the most precious of all his oily vintages; namely, the highly-prized spermaceti, in its absolutely pure, limpid, and odoriferous state.
You must go to New Bedford to see a brilliant wedding; for, they say, they have reservoirs of oil in every house, and every night recklessly burn their lengths in spermaceti candles.
It is in the upper part of this enormous head, in great cavities divided by cartilages, that is to be found from six to eight hundred pounds of that precious oil called spermaceti. The cachalot is a disagreeable creature, more tadpole than fish, according to Fredol's description.
[2] One day, off the East coast of Tierra del Fuego, we saw a grand sight in several spermaceti whales jumping upright quite out of the water, with the exception of their tail-fins.
You are made of spermaceti ointment and you've lymph in your veins instead of blood.
Collection of sperm oil required the collectors to spend days scraping spermaceti from the brain cavity of the decomposing carcass of a huge whale.
But Ishmael also believes that to depict the whale 'as he actually appears to the eye of the whaleman' involves more than just the eye: seeing a whale depends on touching it, getting inside it, knowing it inside and out--not abstractly but because, like one member of the Pequod's crew, you have physically been inside its head harvesting spermaceti. Hence Mark Milloff, in Stripping the Whale (1985), represents the moment when Queequeg pulls this crew member (the Native American Tashtego) from the whale's head as an explosion of marine creatures, harpoons and blood.
These include (with test concentrations and vehicles noted): paraben mix (16% petrolatum (pet.)), hydrogenated lanolin (30% pet.), lavender extract (5% pet.), silicone oil (5% pet.), sodium lauryl sulfate (0.25% aq.), spermaceti (5% pet.), sodium alginate (0.5% pet.), stearic acid (5% pet.), and polysorbate 80 (5% pet.).
To this day, the purpose of the massive spermaceti organ in their bulbous heads remains unclear.
At the same time, Basques went to Newfoundland to fish for cod, or bacallao as the name appears on many early maps, and they also returned to Europe with less studied products such as animal skins and whale spermaceti. The resources of this "New Land" had less interest for the emerging European states than for the distinctive maritime peoples who inhabited the Atlantic facade of Europe.
The base included stearic acid, spermaceti, glycerin and water.
The head is hugely enlarged due to a vast amount of fatty tissue known as the spermaceti organ.