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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  very  large  person;  impressive  in  size  or  qualities  [syn:  {giant}, 
  {hulk},  {heavyweight}] 
  2:  any  of  the  larger  cetacean  mammals  having  a  streamlined  body 
  and  breathing  through  a  blowhole  on  the  head 
  v  :  hunt  for  whales 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  The  Hebrew  word  _tan_  (plural,  tannin)  is  so  rendered  in  Job 
  7:12  (A.V.;  but  R.V.,  "sea-monster").  It  is  rendered  by 
  dragons"  in  Deut.  32:33;  Ps  91:13;  Jer.  51:34;  Ps  74:13 
  (marg.,  "whales;"  and  marg.  of  R.V.,  "sea-monsters");  Isa.  27:1; 
  and  serpent"  in  Ex  7:9  (R.V.  marg.,  "any  large  reptile,"  and 
  so  in  ver.  10,  12).  The  words  of  Job  (7:12),  uttered  in  bitter 
  irony,  where  he  asks,  "Am  I  a  sea  or  a  whale?"  simply  mean 
  "Have  I  a  wild,  untamable  nature,  like  the  waves  of  the  sea, 
  which  must  be  confined  and  held  within  bounds,  that  they  cannot 
  pass?"  "The  serpent  of  the  sea,  which  was  but  the  wild,  stormy 
  sea  itself  wound  itself  around  the  land,  and  threatened  to 
  swallow  it  up...Job  inquires  if  he  must  be  watched  and  plagued 
  like  this  monster,  lest  he  throw  the  world  into  disorder" 
  (Davidson's  Job). 
  The  whale  tribe  are  included  under  the  general  Hebrew  name 
  _tannin_  (Gen.  1:21;  Lam.  4:3).  "Even  the  sea-monsters 
  [tanninim]  draw  out  the  breast."  The  whale  brings  forth  its 
  young  alive,  and  suckles  them 
  It  is  to  be  noticed  of  the  story  of  Jonah's  being  "three  days 
  and  three  nights  in  the  whale's  belly,"  as  recorded  in  Matt. 
  12:40,  that  here  the  Gr  ketos  means  properly  any  kind  of 
  sea-monster  of  the  shark  or  the  whale  tribe,  and  that  in  the 
  book  of  Jonah  (1:17)  it  is  only  said  that  "a  great  fish"  was 
  prepared  to  swallow  Jonah.  This  fish  may  have  been  therefore, 
  some  great  shark.  The  white  shark  is  known  to  frequent  the 
  Mediterranean  Sea,  and  is  sometimes  found  30  feet  in  length. 

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