whale·​bone | \ ˈ(h)wāl-ˌbōn How to pronounce whalebone (audio) \

Definition of whalebone

1 : baleen
2 : an article made of whalebone

Examples of whalebone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Panniers, those underskirt structures that exaggerated hips, were a 16th-century version of shapewear; so were steel or whalebone and canvas corsets. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Made using materials like whalebone and metal, corsets contained and constrained women’s bodies, keeping them in place (literally and figuratively). Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 23 Nov. 2021 The town’s oldest buildings are clustered together near the Utqiaġvik Presbyterian Church, marked with a whalebone sign dated 1898. Wyatt Williams, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 Later iterations included girdles and corsets made of whalebone, iron and leather. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 8 May 2021 Traditionally fashioned with metal or whalebone stays and laced up the back, the waist-cinching, bust-elevating garment has cycled in and out of style for centuries. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 3 Apr. 2021 That particular task was messy; the harvesting of whale parts — oil to light lamps and use in cosmetics, baleen for whalebone corsets, tongue for food — was hard labor. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2021 Mark Tetpon makes original hoop masks that tell Iñupiaq stories in ivory, wood, fossilized whalebone and baleen. Danielle Duclos, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2020 That giant whalebone is the first major find this fall at a Bay Area beach. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, 27 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of whalebone

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whalebone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whalebone. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for whalebone


whale·​bone | \ ˈhwāl-ˌbōn How to pronounce whalebone (audio) , ˈwāl- \

Kids Definition of whalebone

: baleen

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