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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Elsewhere in the Arctic, on an icy island called Spitsbergen, there’s a place called the Corpse Headlands, where there are graves filled with the bodies of 17th and 18th century whalers. Lucas Joel, Smithsonian, "A Warming Climate Threatens Archaeological Sites in Greenland," 31 Aug. 2019 The great white sharks could return at any time, and other large sharks, like bronze whaler sharks (Carcharhinus brachyurus), frequent the waters, too. Linda Nordling, Science | AAAS, "Great white sharks have suddenly disappeared from one of their favorite hangouts," 30 Aug. 2019 Japan left the International Whaling Commission on June 30 and has promised the whalers will stay within its 200-mile exclusive economic zone waters. Washington Post, "Whale meat fetches ‘celebration prices’ after Japanese hunt," 5 July 2019 The self-serious novel takes place on the sprawling sea and includes long interludes describing how whalers processed blubber and the anatomy of whale skeletons. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "There Is Going to be a ‘Moby-Dick’ Musical," 9 Aug. 2019 Residents keep Boston whalers or skiffs in marinas on the mainland and use them for the minute-long ride to the island, parking them at a dock on the north side, about 500 feet from this property. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Looking for a Beach House? It’ll Cost You," 2 Aug. 2019 As of 2019, Port and Starboard have moved on to preying on another shark species, the bronze whaler. National Geographic, "Orcas eat great white sharks—new insights into rare behavior revealed," 16 July 2019 At a ceremony before the fleet went out on July 1, Kai had given an emotional speech to an assembly of whalers, law-makers and the mayor of the northern Japanese port city of Kushiro. Ivan Watson, CNN, "By killing whales, Japan seeks to revive a dying industry," 2 July 2019 Human habitation: Though Spanish sailors, buccaneers, and whalers soon followed in Berlanga’s wake, the islands’ inhospitable terrain discouraged permanent habitation. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce whaler (audio) , ˈwā-\

Kids Definition of whaler

: a person or ship that hunts whales

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