whal·​er | \ ˈhwā-lər, ˈwā-\

Definition of whaler 

1 : a person or ship engaged in whale fishing

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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 The database provides a long-term look at coastal sea ice from sources such as recent satellite data and historical records that include whaler's logs and Danish and Norwegian ship records. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Nothing even comes close’: Western Alaska sea ice at lowest extent since 1850, database indicates," 12 Apr. 2018 Erica Rowan, a classical archaeologist at Royal Holloway, University of London, however, isn’t so sure the Romans were industrial-scale whalers. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Extinction in Their Home Waters," 11 July 2018 At the Washington Aqueduct, workers battled the freezing Potomac by hand, like ancient whalers, using steel rods to punch through ice two inches thick near the intake pipes that supply the District and parts of Northern Virginia with drinking water. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "‘Not built for this’: What fails in the extreme cold? Just about everything.," 4 Jan. 2018 There was no indigenous population, but Dutch whalers were soon fishing in the region, and trappers came to hunt on land as well. Andrea Pitzer, Washington Post, "In the deepest Arctic, sled dogs, polar bears and famed seed vault face melting snow and ice," 26 May 2018 Individual whalers had their own songs to call the whales to them. Krista Langlois, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures Who Talk to Whales," 6 Apr. 2018 Our big outing is to sail our Boston whaler, anchor at a beach and get sandwiches. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Summer’s R&R hot spots from SF’s social set," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of whaler

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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, ˈwā-\

Kids Definition of whaler

: a person or ship that hunts whales

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