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spermaceti

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noun sper·ma·ce·ti \ˌspər-mə-ˈsē-tē, -ˈse-\

Definition of spermaceti

  1. :  a waxy solid obtained from the oil of cetaceans and especially from a closed cavity in the heads of sperm whales and used especially formerly in ointments, cosmetics, and candles



Origin and Etymology of spermaceti

Middle English sperma cete, from Medieval Latin sperma ceti whale sperm


First Known Use: 15th century


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spermaceti

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noun sper·ma·ce·ti \ˌspər-mə-ˈsēt-ē, -ˈset-\

Medical Definition of spermaceti

  1. :  a waxy solid obtained from the oil of cetaceans and especially sperm whales and used especially formerly in pharmacology as a constituent of ointments




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