whal·​ing ˈ(h)wā-liŋ How to pronounce whaling (audio)
: the occupation of catching and extracting commercial products from whales

Examples of whaling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This finding suggests that medieval European whaling practices influenced the overexploitation and local extinction of these whales. Naomi Greenberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Dec. 2023 Elegant mansions built by 19th-century whaling captains give way to warm brick storefronts, lovingly restored. Jenna Russell Matt Cosby, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2024 An international moratorium on commercial whaling, which most countries have abided by since 1985, also helped blue whales recover. Rachel Nuwer, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 Although whaling is long over in the area, humpbacks still have a reason to fear ships in Cumberland Bay. Douglas Main, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Jan. 2024 By that time, the excessive whaling operations further offshore from Eden had decimated the population of humpbacks and the last baleen whale was processed in Eden in 1928. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2023 For his contribution to science and for his commitment to the local whaling community, the Barrow Whaling Captains Association commissioned George as an honorary whaling captain, said Marie Adams Carroll, former Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission director. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 11 July 2023 Although it’s estimated that 99 percent of blue whales disappeared during the era of commercial whaling, in recent decades, the species’ population has rebounded in a major way, with between 10,000 and 25,000 populating our oceans today. Rachel Nuwer, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 Neighborhoods to Visit During your stay, walk around the hamlet of Sag Harbor, an old whaling village that was established in the early 1700s. Hannah Selinger, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whaling was in 1688

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“Whaling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whaling. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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