whal·​ing | \ ˈhwā-liŋ How to pronounce whaling (audio) , ˈwā-\

Definition of whaling

: the occupation of catching and extracting commercial products from whales

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Quick hop to Lahaina Kaanapali is conveniently located an easy five-minute drive from Lahaina, former whaling town and capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1820 to 1845. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 Instead, the whaling fleet will focus on Japanese territorial waters and economic zones. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Japan restarting commercial whaling, ignoring global moratorium," 26 Dec. 2018 Japan has for decades been frustrated with the hard line of the IWC in maintaining a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan to Resume Commercial Whale Hunting," 25 Dec. 2018 What’s more, the bones suggest that the Romans may have participated in commercial whaling, more than 1,000 years before the Basques did off the coasts of the Gulf of Biscay in the 11th century. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Extinction in Their Home Waters," 11 July 2018 Japan kills several hundred whales a year under a loophole that allows some whaling for scientific research purposes. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan to Resume Commercial Whale Hunting," 25 Dec. 2018 Harcharek said her cousin Ron Ron Kanayurak, a whaling crew member, died Sunday in the accident. Rachel D'oro, The Seattle Times, "Inupiat town mourns hunters killed as they towed whale home," 9 Oct. 2018 Japan responded by revoking its recognition of the International Court of Justice as an arbiter of whaling disputes, according to the Maritime Executive. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Japan Killed 112 Pregnant Whales in the Name of Scientific Research," 30 May 2018 The commission banned commercial whaling in the 1980s, but Japan is proposing this year to reinstitute it with catch limits. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Proposal to create whale sanctuary in S Atlantic defeated," 11 Sep. 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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English Language Learners Definition of whaling

: the job or business of hunting whales

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