whale oil

whale oil
noun
a white to brown oil obtained from whale blubber; formerly used as an illuminant
Syn: ↑train oil
Hypernyms: ↑animal oil

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noun
: a water-white to brown oil obtained from the blubber of whales and used in tempering steel, in dressing leather, after hydrogenation in making margarine and soap, as a lubricant, and formerly as an illuminant — called also train oil

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oil rendered from whale blubber, formerly widely used as a fuel for lamps and for making soap and candles.
[1400-50; late ME]

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whale oil noun
Oil obtained from the blubber of a whale
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Main Entry:whale

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whale oil,
oil obtained from the blubber of whales.

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n. oil obtained from the blubber of a whale, formerly used in oil lamps and for making soap

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