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 That giant whalebone is the first major find this fall at a Bay Area beach. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Whale skull washes up in Marin: What’s coming next?," 27 Oct. 2019 Later, visit the Itsanitaq Museum for a look at indigenous Arctic culture through the ages, marveling at hundreds of Inuit artifacts—from whalebone carvings and ancient harpoon heads to narwhal tusks. National Geographic, "Canadian Arctic Middle School Expedition," 20 Sep. 2019 Must be able to play an accursed whalebone lyre while consuming five sticks of unsalted butter. Keaton Patti, The New Yorker, "Commercial Casting Breakdowns," 16 Aug. 2019 This style was hugely popular during the Belle Époque, when the pouf ballooned to huge proportions, sometimes supported with strips of whalebone. Nancy Schoeffler, courant.com, "What fashion designers have up their sleeves for fall," 15 July 2019 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

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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 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of whalebone

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


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