follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

whalebone

[hweyl-bohn, weyl-] /ˈʰweɪlˌboʊn, ˈweɪl-/
noun
1.
an elastic, horny substance growing in place of teeth in the upper jaw of certain whales, and forming a series of thin, parallel plates on each side of the palate; baleen.
2.
a thin strip of this substance, for stiffening a corset.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; whale1 + bone
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for whale bone

whalebone

/ˈweɪlˌbəʊn/
noun
1.
Also called baleen. a horny elastic material forming a series of numerous thin plates that hang from the upper jaw on either side of the palate in the toothless (whalebone) whales and strain plankton from water entering the mouth
2.
a thin strip of this substance, used in stiffening corsets, bodices, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for whale

11
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with whale bone

Nearby words for whale bone