Bay of Whales


[hweylz, weylz]
an inlet of the Ross Sea, in Antarctica: location of Little America. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

O.E. hwæl, from P.Gmc. *khwalaz (cf. O.S. hwal, O.N. hvalr, hvalfiskr, Swed. val, M.Du. wal, walvisc, Du. walvis, O.H.G. wal, Ger. Wal); probably cognate with L. squalus "a kind of large sea fish." Phrase whale of a "excellent or large example" is c.1900, student slang.

"beat, whip severely," 1790, possibly a variant of wale (v.).
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