What then shall I liken the sperm whale to for fragrance, considering his magnitude?
It is as though the forehead of the sperm whale were paved with horses' hoofs.
But the sperm whale's food is far beneath the surface, and there he cannot spout even if he would.
Sure it is, nevertheless, that the sperm whale has no proper olfactories.
But the sperm whale only breathes about one seventh or Sunday of his time.
The sperm whale must attack these big creatures in order to get enough food.
The sperm whale has a great, blunt head, a huge mouth, and a throat large enough to swallow a man.
The sperm whale has only a manubrium sterni and a following piece belonging to the mesosternum.
The Cachalot or sperm whale, which almost alone among animals roams over the whole ocean, is as large, and much more formidable.
One of the reasons for the pursuit of the sperm whale is the desire to obtain that extremely valuable product ambergris.
1830, shortening of spermaceti whale (so called because the waxy substance in its head was mistaken for sperm), from spermaceti (1471), from Medieval Latin sperma ceti "sperm of a whale," from Latin sperma (see sperm) + cetus "large sea animal" (see Cetacea). The substance in olden times was credited with medicinal properties, as well as being used for candle oil.
Use ... Sperma Cete ana with redd Wyne when ye wax old. [Sir George Ripley, "The Compound of Alchemy," 1471]