Moby Dick

Moby Dick

[moh-bee dik]
a novel (1851) by Herman Melville. Unabridged
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Main Entry:  Moby Dick
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the great white whale in Herman Melville's novel; by extension, anything large and impressive
Etymology:  1851 novel Moby Dick's 21st Century Lexicon
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Moby Dick definition

(1851) A novel by Herman Melville. Its central character, Captain Ahab, engages in a mad, obsessive quest for Moby Dick, a great white whale. The novel opens with the famous sentence “Call me Ishmael.”

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