whaler

noun
whal·​er | \ ˈhwā-lər How to pronounce whaler (audio) , ˈwā-\

Definition of whaler

1 : a person or ship engaged in whale fishing

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There are only about 30 North Pacific right whales left in the world, according to the AP, as whalers have killed off most of the slow-moving animals. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "The Song of One of the Rarest Whales in the World Has Been Recorded for the First Time," 20 June 2019 Bobbing atop the vast, unforgiving Atlantic in rowboats, whalers face a ghostly white cetacean that has prevailed in all of its previous encounters with puny humankind. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "Review: ‘Moby Dick — Rehearsed’ swims in an ocean of imagination at Theatricum," 14 June 2019 Richardson and the Coast Miwok operated the estuary as a safe harbor for whalers and tradesmen who’d drop anchor for a week to weather a storm or replenish their fresh water. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 Snail mail: Floreana Island’s Post Office Bay dates backs to the 18th century, when homesick whalers improvised a method of communicating with their families—via a simple wooden barrel. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 7 June 2019 Rats first came to the Galápagos along with pirates or whalers sometime in the 17th or 18th century. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Dropping Poison on Rats in the Galápagos," 24 Jan. 2019 Next came the European explorers (the Dutchman Abel Tasman in 1646, the Englishman James Cook in 1769, and the Frenchman Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne in 1772), followed by missionaries, whalers, sealers, loggers, gold prospectors. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 Right whales were nearly hunted to extinction by whalers in the 19th century, and the population has not rebounded like many other whale species. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Limiting Noisier Activities to Protect an Endangered Whale," 15 Nov. 2018 The United States also opposes lethal research hunts, but both countries support the exception for subsistence whalers. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Japan proposes end to commercial whaling ban, faces pushback," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of whaler

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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whaler

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whaler

: a person who hunts for whales
: a ship that is used for hunting whales

whaler

noun
whal·​er | \ ˈhwā-lər How to pronounce whaler (audio) , ˈwā-\

Kids Definition of whaler

: a person or ship that hunts whales

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