from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that hunts or processes whales.
  • n. A whaling ship.
  • n. A whaleboat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who hunts whales; a person employed in the whaling industry.
  • n. A seagoing vessel used for hunting whales.
  • n. One who whales (flogs or beats).
  • n. A large, strong person.
  • n. Something of unusually great size, a whopper, a whacker.
  • n. Any shark of the family Carcharhinidae; a requiem shark.
  • n. A sundowner; one who cruises about.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vessel or person employed in the whale fishery.
  • n. One who whales, or beats; a big, strong fellow; hence, anything of great or unusual size.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name given in Sydney to the shark, Carcharias brachyurus, Günth. E. E. Morris, Austral English.
  • n. A sundowner; one who cruises about.
  • n. A person or a vessel engaged in the business of capturing whales.
  • n. Something whaling, or big or extraordinary of its kind; a whopper; a whacker.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a seaman who works on a ship that hunts whales
  • n. a ship engaged in whale fishing


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