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cachalot


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sperm  whale  \Sperm"  whale`\  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  very  large  toothed  whale  ({Physeter  macrocephalus}),  having 
  a  head  of  enormous  size.  The  upper  jaw  is  destitute  of  teeth. 
  In  the  upper  part  of  the  head,  above  the  skull,  there  is  a 
  large  cavity,  or  case,  filled  with  oil  and  spermaceti.  This 
  whale  sometimes  grows  to  the  length  of  more  than  eighty  feet. 
  It  is  found  in  the  warmer  parts  of  all  the  oceans.  Called 
  also  {cachalot},  and  {spermaceti  whale}. 
 
  {Pygmy  sperm  whale}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  whale  ({Kogia 
  breviceps}),  seldom  twenty  feet  long,  native  of  tropical 
  seas,  but  occasionally  found  on  the  American  coast.  Called 
  also  {snub-nosed  cachalot}. 
 
  {Sperm-whale  porpoise}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  toothed  cetacean 
  ({Hypero["o]don  bidens}),  found  on  both  sides  of  the 
  Atlantic  and  valued  for  its  oil.  The  adult  becomes  about 
  twenty-five  feet  long,  and  its  head  is  very  large  and 
  thick.  Called  also  {bottle-nosed  whale}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cachalot  \Cach"a*lot\,  n.  [F.  cachalot.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cachalot 
  n  :  large  whale  with  a  large  cavity  in  the  head  containing 
  spermaceti  and  oil;  also  a  source  of  ambergris  [syn:  {sperm 
  whale},  {black  whale},  {Physeter  catodon}] 




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