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whalebone

[hweyl-bohn, weyl-] /ˈʰweɪlˌboʊn, ˈweɪl-/
noun
1.
an elastic, horny substance growing in place of teeth in the upper jaw of certain whales, and forming a series of thin, parallel plates on each side of the palate; baleen.
2.
a thin strip of this substance, for stiffening a corset.
Origin of whalebone
1175-1225
1175-1225; whale1 + bone
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  • Then Egil examined the bed, and found a piece of whalebone with runes on it.

  • In the south, too, hoop iron or whalebone is used for runner shoeing.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • whalebone purfling has been frequently used, particularly by the old Amsterdam makers.

    The Violin George Hart
  • A touch of the whalebone and she would balk—stop dead in her stride.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Then into the hollow goes the whalebone, so, tightly coiled, and another piece of blubber is fitted over the whale-bone.

    Love of Life Jack London
  • From it we get the whalebone, oil and also a fertilizer to help our farm crops to grow.

    Where We Live Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
  • By a violent twist of every whalebone muscle, Tam whirled himself sidewise.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • Name's Mervin; all whipcord and whalebone; springy as a bent bow.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • It is for this and the whalebone that this animal is deemed so valuable, and for which it is so much sought by whalefishers.

British Dictionary definitions for whalebone

whalebone

/ˈweɪlˌbəʊn/
noun
1.
Also called baleen. a horny elastic material forming a series of numerous thin plates that hang from the upper jaw on either side of the palate in the toothless (whalebone) whales and strain plankton from water entering the mouth
2.
a thin strip of this substance, used in stiffening corsets, bodices, etc
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