whalebone

noun
whale·bone | \ˈhwāl-ˌbōn, ˈwāl-\

Definition of whalebone 

1 : baleen

2 : an article made of whalebone

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The corset of the 1880s was an armpit-to-hip garment stiffened with whalebone stays, which helped the hips support heavy skirts that hung from the waist. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 The city's notable Key Ranch bordered on our subdivision, complete with its old farmhouse and secret garden with its famed whalebone on display. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "Essential California: Racism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo," 25 Apr. 2018 Moynihan said there are no other whalebone gates remaining in the region — and possibly, the country. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Whalebone gate removed from front of old-time sea captain’s Cape house," 18 Apr. 2018 Its Flintstones-like tumble of houses were made from wood and whalebone and had no running water or electricity. Emma O'kelly, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside Bequia, the Caribbean’s Best-Kept Secret," 21 Dec. 2017 There will be no more baubles: no whalebone dress or flashy silver ribbons for that bonnet (poor thing!). Cynthia R. Greenlee, Bon Appetit, "People Used to Be So Scared of Coffee That Bach Wrote a Cantata About It," 14 June 2017 In his Paris living room, the 18th-century Louis XV armchairs are juxtaposed with whalebones from Sumatra, a 17th-century Thai Buddha, and a 12th- or 13th-century gilt-copper head from Tibet. Ian Phillips, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: East Meets West In A Sophisticated Paris Pied-À-Terre," 26 Apr. 2016 The pictures represented all types of works including soapstone, alabaster, African wonderstone, wood, whalebone, ivory, grass. Tamara Ikenberg, Alaska Dispatch News, "‘I feel I’m just really starting’: 87-year-old Unangan artist is a work in progress," 7 July 2017 There will be no more baubles: no whalebone dress or flashy silver ribbons for that bonnet (poor thing!). Cynthia R. Greenlee, Bon Appetit, "People Used to Be So Scared of Coffee That Bach Wrote a Cantata About It," 14 June 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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whalebone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whalebone

: a hard substance that is found in the jaw of some types of whales

whalebone

noun
whale·bone | \ˈhwāl-ˌbōn, ˈwāl-\

Kids Definition of whalebone

: baleen

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