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Moby Dick

[moh-bee dik] /ˈmoʊ bi ˈdɪk/
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1.
a novel (1851) by Herman Melville.
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the great white whale in Herman Melville's novel; by extension, anything large and impressive

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1851 novel Moby Dick

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(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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