from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A keen-edged spade used to remove the layer of blubber which envelops a whale's body.


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  • Driving away the clamorous and ravenous sea fowl, he had dug down with his blubber-spade into the vitals of the whale and recovered the gray, spongy, ill-smelling mass which was worth so great a sum to the perfumer.

    Cap'n Abe, Storekeeper

  • Tom made a cut at him with his blubber-spade, but the shark rolled off in time to escape the blow.

    Fighting the Whales

  • Hanging along our gunwales inside, were six harpoons, three lances, and a blubber-spade; all keen as razors, and sheathed with leather.

    Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. I (of 2)

  • While I was handing a blubber-spade to old David, as I looked over the side of the boat, I saw a pair of bright green eyes glancing up at me with such a knowing, wicked look, that I drew back with a shudder, thinking it was some uncommon monster of the deep, who was watching for an opportunity to carry one of us off.

    Peter the Whaler

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