• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Whale-oil oil obtained from the blubber of a whale
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hwæl (Ice. hvalr, Ger. walfisch); orig. unknown.


In literature:

The share of the crew of a whaling vessel was one-fiftieth of the value of the oil and bone.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
I have written to Mr. Carmichael to know on what footing the use and introduction of the whale-oil is there, or can be placed.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Before the war these States depended on their whale-oil and fish.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Our whale-oils pay six livres the kental, and are the only whale-oils admitted.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The smell from the whale-oil lamp almost choked him.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
The little room was lighted by a whale-oil lamp on the wall.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The business isn't what it was; in the old days whale-oil was worth a great deal and whaling was a good business.
"The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
And so, having "cut in" our whale, we next proceeded to "try out" the oil.
"Fighting the Whales" by R. M. Ballantyne
This oil, the most valuable part of the whale, was then boiled separately, and stowed in casks.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
It is quite hard in my country, but would melt down into what you would call whale oil in this country.
"Olof Krarer, The Esquimaux Lady" by Olof Krarer

In news:

The oil company had to wait for the Alaska Native whale hunt season to end in Kaktovik.
Oil exploration in Arctic waters brings noise to whales' domain.
As the US tries to move toward a post-crude-oil world, this is a fascinating book about the evolution of the whaling industry in America.
Vantage Specialty Chemicals has acquired Desert Whale Jojoba Company, a US grower, producer and processor of jojoba and jojoba-based derivatives, oils and specialty ingredients.
'A Whale' oil skimmer testing extended a week.
The enormous "A Whale" oil skimmer will get another chance to prove itself in the Gulf of Mexico after "inconclusive" tests in rough seas last weekend.
ON THE MAP;At Twin Lights, Keeping Memories of Whale Oil Burning.
It used to be that a lighthouse keeper would spend most of his day lugging 80-pound drums of sperm whale oil up a narrow, winding staircase.
Oil-eating Whale or ' white elephant .
The A Whale, billed as the world's largest oil skimming vessel, is seen anchored on the Mississippi River in Boothville, La.
Aboard the oil- skimming 'A Whale' in the Gulf of Mexico: CNN video.
CNN takes a video tour on board the world's largest oil skimming ship, 'A Whale,' which is now in the Gulf of Mexico awaiting Coast Guard approval to begin work on the BP oil spill.
Whalers pursued sperm whales for the rich oil in their oversized heads.
A dead sperm whale has been found floating 77 miles south of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Another research crew spotted five more oil-covered whales later that day.

In science:

Oil lamps were fueled with olive oil, fis h oil, whale oil, and sesame oil.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age