whale·​bone ˈ(h)wāl-ˌbōn How to pronounce whalebone (audio)
: baleen
: an article made of whalebone

Examples of whalebone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some, like the Rat Hole, are pure happenstance: Take the daikon radish growing through concrete under an overpass in Osaka, Japan, for example, or the whalebone on the coast of Scotland that looks like a bird taking flight. Steffi Cao, The Atlantic, 26 Jan. 2024 If that were not enough, the gown sits atop a bespoke underpinning made of whalebone. Brande Victorian, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2023 Designers and dressmakers used whalebone to provide the structure for corsets and skirts. David Reamer | Alaska History, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Feb. 2023 Eyelets show where the bodice was once laced, and there are imprints from whalebone stiffeners that were used for shaping. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 Feb. 2023 Strips of whalebone create the shape in the bodice. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2023 Under the leadership of the indomitable Cristabel, and with scenery devised by a louche Russian painter, the children put on theatrical productions staged in a whalebone structure. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 According to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, corsets date back around the 1500s and were originally made from rigid, uncomfortable materials like whalebone and animal horns to mold women's bodies into the idealized hourglass shape. Leah Dolan, CNN, 14 Oct. 2022 In George’s house, everything relates to whaling: a whalebone before the entrance, baleen above the door, pictures of whales on the walls in the living room and stacks of whale science books on shelves and side tables. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of whalebone was in the 15th century

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“Whalebone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whalebone. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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whale·​bone -ˌbōn How to pronounce whalebone (audio)
: baleen

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