cachalot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cachalot large whale with a large cavity in the head containing spermaceti and oil; also a source of ambergris
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n cachalot (Zoöl) The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). It has in the top of its head a large cavity, containing an oily fluid, which, after death, concretes into a whitish crystalline substance called spermaceti. See Sperm whale.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cachalot A name of the sperm-whale, Physeter or Catodon macrocephalus, a large, toothed cetacean of the family Physeteridæ or Catodontiæ, having teeth in the lower jaw, and an enormous blunt head, in a cavity of which spermaceti is contained, and sometimes attaining a length Of 80 feet. The cachalot is gregarious, going in herds sometimes of several hundred individuals, and feeds chiefly on cephalopods. The mouth contains no whalebone. The blubber yields the fine oil known as sperm-oil, and ambergris, a kind of bezoar, is found in the alimentary canal. See cut under Physeter.
    • n cachalot plural The sperm-whales as a family of cetaceans; the Physeteridæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cachalot kash′a-lot the sperm-whale.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. cachalot,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

No one could better describe the macrocephalous cachalot, which is sometimes more than seventy-five feet long.
"Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne
We were now in the haunts of the Sperm Whale, or "Cachalot," a brilliant look-out being continually kept for any signs of their appearing.
"The Cruise of the Cachalot" by Frank T. Bullen
The Pollock is rare, and the Sperm, or Cachalot, as nearly exterminated as the Right.
"Animal Sanctuaries in Labrador" by William Wood
Cruise of the Cachalot.
"Lists of Stories and Programs for Story Hours" by Various
Cruise of the Cachalot, The.
"A Mother's List of Books for Children" by Gertrude Weld Arnold
The sperm whale, or cachalot, has teeth in its lower jaw, and no whalebone whatever.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
The sperm or cachalot whale is a dangerous and bold fighter and is perhaps the most interesting of all cetaceans.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
This morning we raised fish, a big school of cachalot, about three mile to leeward.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The Cruise of the "Cachalot" " F. T. Bullen.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
You've heered tell of Cachalot whales.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
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