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Definition of whaling

: the occupation of catching and extracting commercial products from whales

Examples of whaling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Located off the Southern coast of Massachusetts, Nantucket is a historic whaling and fishing port island. J.q. Louise, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 According to archaeologists at the National Museum of Scotland, the bones may have been brought to shore as a trophy during the port’s whaling days, reports Brian Ferguson for the Scotsman. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 June 2020 The Whaling Museum tells the story of the dangerous and dramatic 18th-century whaling industry. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 Mar. 2021 The trip departs Ushuaia, Argentina, and stops in Crystal Sound, Fish Islands, and Deception Island, an old whaling center and home to ancient volcanic formations. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Mar. 2021 The 19th-century whaling books were filled with complaints. Katharine Gammon | Inside Science, ABC News, 21 Mar. 2021 The same principle could apply to fin whales, animals endangered by climate change, habitat loss and the grim legacy of commercial whaling. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2021 Both populations were on the brink of extinction a century ago but international protections and a ban on commercial whaling are credited with saving the species. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, 9 Jan. 2021 But Japan, which has led the push to resume commercial whaling, opposes these resolutions. Mike Shanahan, Scientific American, 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of whaling

1688, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whaling was in 1688

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11 May 2021

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“Whaling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whaling. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of whaling

: the job or business of hunting whales

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