from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The oil obtained from the blubber of a whale or other cetacean.
  • n. Oil discolored in running machinery.


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  • They had prepared to overwinter, they had whale-oil supplies, seal meat.

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  • While he was away I placed the whale-oil cooking lamp in the middle of the igloo, and moved the mangy sleeping furs back that I might have room.


  • He had brought with him a coconut calabash, tightly stoppered, of whale-oil that must have been landed on Lahaina beach thirty years before.


  • "But Ahuna, putting out the various calabashes of light by drowning the wicks in the whale-oil, did not observe me include the shinbone of Laulani with the bones of my grandmother."


  • Ahuna, sepulchrally muttering prayers and meles, moved about, lighting various whale-oil lamp-calabashes.


  • There was some industry bustling when the horse-drawn buggy made way for motorcars, or when whale-oil lamps were eventually replaced with light bulbs.

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  • Designed by founder William Penn to embody a stolid practicality, the houses were tidy, compact, and built of pale red brick; the streets broad and straight, with right-angle corners, flagstone sidewalks, and beginning around 1750, lit by whale-oil lamps, the first on the continent.

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  • Candles, whale-oil lamps and kerosene lamps followed, then acetelyne gas and finally electricity.

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  • Surely they could run one on something carbon-free like whale-oil.

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  • Before oil, this country was dependent on coal and whale oil - when is the last time you used a coal stove or fired up that whale-oil lamp?

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