Search Result for "whale": pronunciation
Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a very large person; impressive in size or qualities;
[syn: giant, hulk, heavyweight, whale]

2. any of the larger cetacean mammals having a streamlined body and breathing through a blowhole on the head;


VERB (1)

1. hunt for whales;


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whale \Whale\, n. [OE. whal, AS. hw[ae]l; akin to D. walvisch, G. wal, walfisch, OHG. wal, Icel. hvalr, Dan. & Sw. hval, hvalfisk. Cf. Narwhal, Walrus.] (Zool.) Any aquatic mammal of the order Cetacea, especially any one of the large species, some of which become nearly one hundred feet long. Whales are hunted chiefly for their oil and baleen, or whalebone. [1913 Webster] Note: The existing whales are divided into two groups: the toothed whales (Odontocete), including those that have teeth, as the cachalot, or sperm whale (see Sperm whale); and the baleen, or whalebone, whales (Mysticete), comprising those that are destitute of teeth, but have plates of baleen hanging from the upper jaw, as the right whales. The most important species of whalebone whales are the bowhead, or Greenland, whale (see Illust. of Right whale), the Biscay whale, the Antarctic whale, the gray whale (see under Gray), the humpback, the finback, and the rorqual. [1913 Webster] Whale bird. (Zool.) (a) Any one of several species of large Antarctic petrels which follow whaling vessels, to feed on the blubber and floating oil; especially, Prion turtur (called also blue petrel), and Pseudoprion desolatus. (b) The turnstone; -- so called because it lives on the carcasses of whales. [Canada] Whale fin (Com.), whalebone. --Simmonds. Whale fishery, the fishing for, or occupation of taking, whales. Whale louse (Zool.), any one of several species of degraded amphipod crustaceans belonging to the genus Cyamus, especially Cyamus ceti. They are parasitic on various cetaceans. Whale's bone, ivory. [Obs.] Whale shark. (Zool.) (a) The basking, or liver, shark. (b) A very large harmless shark (Rhinodon typicus) native of the Indian Ocean. It sometimes becomes sixty feet long. Whale shot, the name formerly given to spermaceti. Whale's tongue (Zool.), a balanoglossus. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

121 Moby Thesaurus words for "whale": Loch Ness monster, alevin, angle, bait the hook, baste, bastinado, beat, belabor, belt, benthon, benthos, birch, bob, buffet, cane, cetacean, clam, club, cowhide, cudgel, cut, dap, dib, dibble, dinosaur, dolphin, dress down, drive, drub, elephant, fingerling, fish, flagellate, flail, flax, flog, fly-fish, fry, fustigate, game fish, gig, give a dressing-down, give a whipping, give the stick, go fishing, grig, grilse, guddle, hide, hippo, hippopotamus, horsewhip, hulk, jack, jacklight, jig, jumbo, kipper, knout, lace, larrup, lash, lather, lay on, leather, leviathan, lick, mammoth, man-eater, man-eating shark, marine animal, mastodon, minnow, minny, monster, nekton, net, paddle, panfish, pistol-whip, plankton, pommel, porpoise, pummel, rawhide, salmon, scourge, sea monster, sea pig, sea serpent, sea snake, seine, shark, shrimp, smite, smolt, spank, spin, sponge, still-fish, strap, stripe, swinge, switch, tan, thrash, thump, thumper, torch, trawl, trim, troll, tropical fish, trounce, truncheon, wallop, wear out, welt, whip, whop, whopper




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