Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An extremely tough and sinewy substance resembling blub ber, but destitute of oil, which lies between the upper jaw and the junk of a sperm-whale.
  • n. A West Indian rubiaceous shrub, Portlandia grandiflora, having whitish flowers 3 to 8 inches long.

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Examples

  • The Republicans 'knight-on-a - white-horse is basically a tobaco lobbyist with a tv gig.

    Fred Thompson: "I Am Very Happy For Scooter Libby"

  • First comes white-horse, so called, which is obtained from the tapering part of the fish, and also from the thicker portions of his flukes.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Godfrey the thane, by the only daughter of the house of Aluric, whose forefathers held the white-horse banner at the fatal fight where our shield was broken and our sword shivered.

    The White Company

  • This substance was contained in spongy cells held together by layers of dense white fibre, exceedingly tough and elastic, and called by the whalers "white-horse."

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • After being severed from the whale, the white-horse is first cut into portable oblongs ere going to the mincer.

    Moby-Dick, or, The Whale

  • God lets these wicked men live that He may make jewels out of them for coronets, that He may make tongues of fire out of them for Pentecosts, that He may make warriors out of them for Armageddons, that he may make conquerors out of them for the day when they shall ride at the head of the white-horse host in the grand review of the resurrection.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

  • "When the lilies replaced the tricolor, and the amiable people of Paris cast themselves before the troops of the white-horse of Monsieur, with the same enthusiasm they had a few years before manifested at the appearance of the proud charger of the conqueror of Wagram and Jena, I remained here and never changed my colors: I never cried 'down with the

    International Miscellany of Literature, Art and Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1, 1850

  • "That am I; and the son of Edric the Socman, of the pure blood of Godfrey the thane, by the only daughter of the house of Aluric, whose forefathers held the white-horse banner at the fatal fight where our shield was broken and our sword shivered.

    The White Company

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