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white whale

n.
See beluga.

white whale

n
(Animals) a small white toothed whale, Delphinapterus leucas, of northern waters: family Monodontidae. Also called: beluga

be•lu•ga

(bəˈlu gə)

n., pl. -gas, (esp. collectively) -ga.
1. a large white sturgeon, Huso huso, of the Black and Caspian seas, valued esp. as a source of caviar.
2. Also called white whale. a small white toothed whale, Delphinapterus leucas, of northern seas, having a rounded head and upward-curving mouth.
[1585–95; < Russian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.white whale - small northern whale that is white when adultwhite whale - small northern whale that is white when adult
dolphin - any of various small toothed whales with a beaklike snout; larger than porpoises
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Hast thou seen the White Whale? demanded Ahab, when the boat drifted back.
Greedily sucking in this intelligence, Gabriel solemnly warned the captain against attacking the white whale, in case the monster should be seen; in his gibbering insanity, pronouncing the White Whale to be no less a being than the Shaker God incarnated; the Shakers receiving the Bible.
Three brothers were fishing off the island of Ingoya, not far from Norway's Arctic border with Russia, last Thursday when a small white whale came up to their boat, apparently seeking help to remove the harness it was wearing.
Onlookers flocked to the banks of the estuary yesterday in the hope of catching a glimpse of the ghostly white whale.
It is not the first time the NTRA was unable to ban an internet platform, as it couldn't ban the White Whale app due to technical difficulties.
Civil Protection Forces and Marine Rescue Unit lifted the black and white whale that weighed around four tonnes.
A white whale from the sweeping beach at Warkworth, Northumberland
We packed 15 deep into a white whale, pushed the pedal to the metal straight to Gainesville for a few days before hitting Georgia and both Carolinas.
The murder also seems to be connected to crime lord Steve Richards, who is Banks' white whale, the one who got away.
In effect, Beauregard presents Hawthorne as Melville's own white whale, the object of his obsession.
They were given the original Beluga moniker because of their resemblance to the white whale of the same name.
Wandering about and lonely, he dreams of a beautiful white whale that comes to rescue him, and makes up a song about it.