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- n. A chief harpooner, who also directs in cutting up the speck, or blubber, of the whale.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The chief harpooner, who also directs in cutting up the speck, or blubber; -- so called among whalers.
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At length, the specksioneer, or chief harpooner, having spent sufficient time in indulgence and equipment, with an air of importance and self-confidence, proceeded on deck, and naturally turned to look on the whale.
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The chief mate, Mr Todd, was also chief harpooner or specksioneer.
The specksioneer, or chief harpooner, took post in the centre of the rest to direct them.
And Philip, fain to keep with Sylvia, had to follow the two girls close up to the specksioneer, who was preparing for his slow laborious walk back to his lodgings.
Shields, and at the mouth of the Tyne, where they lay in greedy wait, the owners of the _Urania_ had caused strict search to be made for their skilled and protected specksioneer, but with no success.
For there's no use speaking ill on t 'dead; an' though I couldn't abear his coming for iver about t 'house, he were a rare good specksioneer, as I've been told.'
T 'captain put off sailing for two or three days, that he might ha' that much law; but when he heard as Kinraid were not at Corneys ', but had left 'em a'most on to a week, he went off to them Northern seas wi' t 'next best specksioneer he could find.
But his blood warmed, as he told the specksioneer, towards a sailor, and he pressed Kinraid to beguile the time when he was compelled to be ashore, by coming over to see him at Haytersbank, whenever he felt inclined.
Him that was th 'specksioneer as made such a noise about t' place at the time of Darley's death.
Sylvia, appearing to listen to Molly's confidences, was hearkening in reality to all this conversation between her father and the specksioneer; and at this invitation she became especially attentive.
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