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sperm whale

noun \ˈspərm-\

: a type of whale that has a very large head and is hunted for its fat and oil

Full Definition of SPERM WHALE

:  a large toothed whale (Physeter macrocephalus syn. P. catodon) with a massive squarish head having a large closed cavity containing a fluid mixture of spermaceti and oil

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Origin of SPERM WHALE

short for spermaceti whale
First Known Use: circa 1700
SPERM WHALE Defined for Kids

sperm whale

noun

Definition of SPERM WHALE for Kids

:  a huge whale with a large head having a closed cavity that contains a mixture of wax and oil

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