sperm whale

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noun \ˈspərm-\

Definition of sperm whale

  1. :  a very large toothed whale (Physeter macrocephalus synonym P. catodon) that has large conical teeth in the lower jaw, a single blowhole, and a massive squarish head with a closed cavity containing a fluid mixture of spermaceti and oil, and that may reach a length in the male of nearly 60 feet (18.3 meters)

Origin and Etymology of sperm whale

short for spermaceti whale


First Known Use: circa 1700


SPERM WHALE Defined for English Language Learners

sperm whale

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Definition of sperm whale for English Language Learners

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


SPERM WHALE Defined for Kids

sperm whale

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Definition of sperm whale for Students

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


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