train oil

train oil

noun
oil obtained from the blubber of whales or from seals, walruses, or other marine animals.

Origin:
1545–55; earlier trane < Dutch traan train oil, tear; cognate with German Träne tear

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train oil
 
n
oil obtained from the blubber of various marine animals, esp the whale
 
[C16: from earlier train or trane, from Middle Low German trān or Middle Dutch traen tear, exudation]

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train oil

any oil derived from any species of whale, including sperm oil from sperm whales, train oil from baleen whales, and melon oil from small toothed whales.

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