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  • noun An inhabitant of Nantucket.


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Nantucket +‎ -er


  • His previous book, In The Heart Of The Sea, details the wreck of the whaleship Essex by one of the whales it was hunting, supposedly the event which Melville based Moby Dick on, but Philbrick - himself a Nantucketer, I believe - gives a lot of detail about the aftermath of the sinking which Melville left out.

    November 12th, 2007

  • In the Pacific cultures he knew, nakedness was so common and dress so scanty that people distinguished each other by stature, bone structure, stance, and movement, not by what they wore or the kind of speech they assumed -- but it was hopeless, he decided, to try to explain that to a Nantucketer.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • With the landless gull, that at sunset folds her wings and is rocked to sleep between billows; so at nightfall, the Nantucketer, out of sight of land, furls his sails, and lays him to his rest, while under his very pillow rush herds of walruses and whales.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • But this is a harmless little foible in the English whale-hunters, which the Nantucketer does not take much to heart; probably, because he knows that he has a few foibles himself.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • In this Afric Temple of the Whale I leave you, reader, and if you be a Nantucketer, and a whaleman, you will silently worship there.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Three better, more likely sea-officers and men, each in his own different way, could not readily be found, and they were every one of them Americans; a Nantucketer, a Vineyarder, a Cape man.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • The Nantucketer, he alone resides and riots on the sea; he alone, in Bible language, goes down to it in ships; to and fro ploughing it as his own special plantation.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • To the Nantucketer, they present the two extremes of all the known varieties of the whale.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Immediately he was recognized by Ahab for a Nantucketer he knew.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Of this whale little is precisely known to the Nantucketer, and nothing at all to the professed naturalists.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale


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