from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A yellowish oil obtained from whale blubber, formerly used in making soap and candles and as a lubricating oil and a fuel for lamps.
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- n. Any of various oils and fats extracted from the blubber of whales and used in the manufacture of soap and lubricants (formerly as an illuminating oil).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a white to brown oil obtained from whale blubber; formerly used as an illuminant
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The reasoning of a woman who opposes it reminds one of the woman at Marble Head, whose relatives were engaged in the whale oil business and who opposed the introduction of gas by saying, "What will become of the poor whales?"
The strong sure hands moved over the gun delicately, applying a drop of whale oil with the tip of a lint-bound stick, working at the frizzen spring.