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  • noun Plural form of harpooneer.


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  • To be short, among whalemen, the harpooneers are the holders, so called.

    Moby-Dick, or, The Whale

  • Like dislodged trucks, the heads of the harpooneers aloft shook on their bull-like necks.

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  • The Pequod was a true meritocracy where the aristocrats of the crew, with the largest shares in the profits, were the three harpooneersβ€”an African, a Native American, and a tattooed South Sea Islander.

    The Whale Warriors

  • He had been harassed for days by Greenpeace; their Zodiacs swarmed his killer boats, his harpooneers had shot whales right over their heads.

    The Whale Warriors

  • One of the attending harpooneers now advances with a long, keen weapon called a boarding-sword, and watching his chance he dexterously slices out a considerable hole in the lower part of the swaying mass.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • So that, in real truth, the mates and harpooneers of the Pequod might more properly be said to have lived out of the cabin than in it.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Morrel; afterwards, by marriage, Mary Folger, one of the old settlers of Nantucket, and the ancestress to a long line of Folgers and harpooneers β€” all kith and kin to noble Benjamin β€” this day darting the barbed iron from one side of the world to the other.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Commonly, after seeing the harpooneers furnished with all things they demanded, he would escape from their clutches into his little pantry adjoining, and fearfully peep out at them through the blinds of its door, till all was over.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Nor did the whetstone which the harpooneers carried in their pockets, for their lances and other weapons; and with which whetstones, at dinner, they would ostentatiously sharpen their knives; that grating sound did not at all tend to tranquillize poor Dough-Boy.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • Crowding all sail the Pequod pressed after them; the harpooneers handling their weapons, and loudly cheering from the heads of their yet suspended boats.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale


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