whal·​er | \ ˈ(h)wā-lər How to pronounce whaler (audio) \

Definition of whaler

1 : a person or ship engaged in whale fishing

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Recent Examples on the Web In 2014, fellow captain Bernadette Adams, a peer of husband-and-wife team Michael and Ruby Donovan, made headlines as the first female whaler known to have taken a bowhead. Jenna Kunze, Anchorage Daily News, "Teenager helps land Utqiagvik’s first whale of fall season," 4 Sep. 2020 When sperm whales were still being slaughtered, whalers found that only about one in a hundred yielded ambergris. Joshua Sokol, New York Times, "New Origin Story for Gross Blobs That Wash Up on Beaches," 4 Feb. 2020 Alamy In 1841, while aboard the whaler Acushnet, Herman Melville met William Chase among another ship’s complement. Carl Safina, New York Times, "Melville’s Whale Was a Warning We Failed to Heed," 2 May 2020 One of my great-great-grandfathers was a whaler who came to New Bedford from the West Indies. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "The Hunt for Moby Dick Moves Online," 1 May 2020 Those numbers were quickly decimated: the species is fatter and floatier than other whales, which made them prime targets for whalers looking for oily blubber. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "Searching for the World's Most Endangered Whale," 27 Apr. 2020 Explore the famous Post Office Bay where 18th century whalers once placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mailbox, a custom that continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, "Jordan Harvey's Ultimate 7-Day Galapagos Islands Itinerary," 23 Apr. 2020 Early explorers, sealers, and whalers landed here more than a century ago, bringing rats that have since been eradicated. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 26 Mar. 2020 Two centuries ago, researchers wanting to visit the region had to tag along with explorers, whalers, or seal hunters. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "Why did nearly a million king penguins vanish without a trace?," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of whaler

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Whaler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whaler. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whaler

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


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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